Fribble

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fribble A frivolous, contemptible fellow; a fop. "A pert fribble of a peer."
    • a Fribble Frivolous; trifling; silly.
    • Fribble To act in a trifling or foolish manner; to act frivolously. "The fools that are fribbling round about you."
    • Fribble To totter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fribble Frivolous; trifling; silly; contemptible.
    • n fribble A frivolous, trifling person.
    • n fribble Frivolity; nonsense.
    • fribble To trifle; act in a trifling or frivolous manner.
    • fribble To totter.
    • fribble To deal with or dispose of in a trifling or frivolous way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fribble frib′l to trifle
    • n Fribble a trifler
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. frivole, L. frivolus, or E. frippery,

Usage

In literature:

But he would be Prince Fribble to the last.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
Nor can such a person be a mere fribble; nor can any loose hanger-on of fashion imagine he may assume the character.
"The Fitz-Boodle Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
What dullards, what fribbles, what addle-headed simple coxcombs!
"Barry Lyndon" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She is by no means a fribble.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
True, fribbles will say, 'Fie!
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
People at home used to call me a cockney and a fribble.
"A Passionate Pilgrim" by Henry James
The days are gone when a girl would so much as look at such a fribble as Sir Plume.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
When a little recovered, he fribbled with his waistcoat buttons, as if he had been telling his beads.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The silly fribbles who posture before the photographic cameras for penny newspapers do not represent the real aristocracy of England.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
Out here a Howat Penny, just like any fribble about the Court.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
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