from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To waste (time, for example); fritter (something) away.
- intransitive v. To waste time; trifle.
- n. A frivolity; a trifle.
- n. A frivolous person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To waste or fritter.
- v. To behave in a frivolous way.
- v. To totter.
- adj. of no or little importance, frivolous.
- n. A trifling action.
- n. A trifler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Frivolous; trifling; silly.
- n. A frivolous, contemptible fellow; a fop.
- intransitive v. To act in a trifling or foolish manner; to act frivolously.
- intransitive v. To totter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Frivolous; trifling; silly; contemptible.
- n. A frivolous, trifling person.
- n. Frivolity; nonsense.
- To trifle; act in a trifling or frivolous manner.
- To totter.
- To deal with or dispose of in a trifling or frivolous way.
The entire argument was laughable because no argument can be taken seriously when the word "fribble" must be used so often.
New Oxford American Dictionary tells me that "fribble" as a verb means to "part with lightly and wastefully; fritter."
But I had a great time hating Mr. Bounderby and The Designated No-Good Brother Tom and Mrs. Sparsit and wondering what on earth Louisa sees in the world-weary fribble Mr. Harthouse and how anybody could have missed that Mrs. Pegler was Mr. Bounderby's mother (oops, Spoiler -- except for it's being all too obvious from the beginning).
It is to him that I owe my sweet tooth -- I cannot drive by a Friendly's on the highway without craving a black-and-white fribble, pass by the bakery on my block without wanting a piece of coconut cake, or pass up a malted milk ball in the candy bins at a movie theater.
It is to him that I owe my sweet tooth--I cannot drive by a Friendly's on the highway without craving a black-and-white fribble, pass by the bakery on my block without wanting a piece of coconut cake, or pass up a malted milk ball in the candy bins at a movie theater.
The queen had always held that it would be easier to turn the Thames than to stop Robert MacQuarrie from being a useless fribble.
The lizard-lidded Boehner, the reedy and ineffectual Jindal, the fribble Palin, the sputtering Limbaugh, the swollen Hannity, the whole dead-end pseudo-Conservative horde stripped of their tools for wreaking havoc, all on full display, yakking, spitting.
OH and another time I was in Friendly's when a man got into a fight with the manager about the sub-par quality of his fribble, and how he'd had fribbles in Friendly's all across the country and he had never had a fribble as bad as this.
“So you think me a mere fribble,” he remarked, even as he reached out and caught her arm.
Nor can such a person be a mere fribble; nor can any loose hanger-on of fashion imagine he may assume the character.
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