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fribble

Syllabification: frib·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfribəl
 
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Definition of fribble in English:

noun

informal
1A frivolous or foolish person.
Example sentences
  • What quantities of fribbles, paupers, invalids, epicures, antiquaries, politicians, thieves, and triflers of both sexes, might be advantageously spared!
1.1A thing of no great importance.
Example sentences
  • Let's include those stock matchbooks in this category, along with all those other fribbles and trifles similarly found.

verb

(fribble away) [with object] dated Back to top  
Part with lightly and wastefully; fritter: it is no longer respectable to fribble the days away in idle pleasure

Origin

mid 17th century: symbolic, from the earlier (now obsolete) verb meaning 'stammer', also 'act aimlessly or frivolously'.

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