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fribble

Line breaks: frib¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪb(ə)l
 
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Definition of fribble in English:

noun

informal
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.

Origin

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

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