Other forms: fibs; fibbing; fibbed

A fib is a small lie. If you think your friend's haircut looks strange, but you tell her you love it, it's a fib.

When you tell a fib, you fib. The thing that distinguishes a fib from a lie is that a fib isn't terribly important — it's minor or petty. You might fib to protect someone's feelings or to save yourself a long explanation about exactly why you're late to work. The origin of the word fib is uncertain, but it may come from fibble-fable, or "nonsense," which in turn comes from fable.

Definitions of fib
  1. noun
    a trivial lie
    “he told a fib about eating his spinach”
    synonyms: story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle
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    cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance
    an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    type of:
    lie, prevarication
    a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  2. verb
    tell a relatively insignificant lie
    Fibbing is not acceptable, even if you don't call it lying”
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    type of:
    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
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