Share this entry
fribble Line breaks: frib¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪb(ə)l/

Definition of fribble in English:


1A frivolous or foolish person: he grew up regarding his classmates as a bunch of brainless fribbles
More 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: to us a little fire was a fribble, a trifling obstacle
More example sentences
  • Let's include those stock matchbooks in this category, along with all those other fribbles and trifles similarly found.


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

Words that rhyme with fribble

dibble, dribble, Gribble, kibble, nibble, quibble, scribble
Definition of fribble in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources