fib

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

n a trivial lie

“he told a fib about eating his spinach”
Synonyms:
story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle
Types:
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

v tell a relatively insignificant lie

Fibbing is not acceptable, even if you don't call it lying”
Type of:
lie
tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.