from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An offbeat, skittish person; especially said of a young woman.
- n. An imp, a fiend.
- n. A flighty person; someone regarded as silly, irresponsible, or scatterbrained, especially someone who chatters or gossips
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Flibberdigibbet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a female fool
For all the seniors out there that find Elizabeth Taylor still relevant, a flibbertigibbet is basically a chatty gossip.
Either she's misusing the word flibbertigibbet or she's endorsing the wrong candidate.
Joe Versus The Volcano, only one of whom is a self-described "flibbertigibbet" (a sort of antiquated version of the MPDG).
Shakespeare apparently saw a devilish aspect to a gossipy chatterer; he used "flibbertigibbet" in
He suggested that the PM's often tired appearance might be an advantage compared to Conservative leader David Cameron, who he dismissed as a "flibbertigibbet".
In phonaesthesia however, some simple combinations of phonemes (like “fl -” in English) have taken on a degree of meaning in their own right, if not iconic (with “fl -” resembling a sound associated with the flick, flap or flourish, the fluttering flight of the fleeting, flouncy flibbertigibbet,) then at least conventionally symbolic (as with the cluster of words in English associating “gl -” with glistening, glittering glints of gleams we glance or glean.)
Danson, as the constantly stoned and seemingly monstrously self-absorbed magazine editor George, gives the show weight and heft, which is hard to see in the first several episodes because George appears to be a flibbertigibbet.
While gurgling flibbertigibbet Chantelle aims her chest at expressionless alpha-bore Oliver Valentine It's Valentine's Day and your name is Oliver Valentine.
She had started out as a teenage dancer on Top of the Pops before becoming a mainstay of 1980s Saturday morning children's TV: she played a roller-skating flibbertigibbet on Number 73, and presented Motormouth.
(Anyone still believing that this was an heroically unselfish act on the part of an ex-staffer, acting alone to save the tattered reputation of the high-living flibbertigibbet who had just finished underbussing her, is -- to put it charitably -- a gull.)
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