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flippertigibbet

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  • He is not a flippertigibbet, and still an intelligent man -- if he is a good reviewer.

    Walking-Stick Papers

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  • But see flibbertigibbet.

    May 15, 2010

  • GLOUCESTER

    Know'st thou the way to Dover?

    EDGAR

    Both stile and gate, horse-way and foot-path. Poor

    Tom hath been scared out of his good wits: bless

    thee, good man's son, from the foul fiend! five

    fiends have been in poor Tom at once; of lust, as

    Obidicut; Hobbididence, prince of dumbness; Mahu, of

    stealing; Modo, of murder; Flibbertigibbet, of

    mopping and mowing, who since possesses chambermaids

    and waiting-women. So, bless thee, master!

    Shakespeare, King Lear IV.i

    May 15, 2010

  • A flippertygibbet is a person who manifests restless, nervous behaviour and can mean a person on whom one should not rely - a capricious, fickle person. An unruly over excitable child or even an "airbrain" or "flipflopper", to use modern US parlance.

    May 15, 2010

  • May 15, 2010

  • A Flippertigibbet is usually applied to a child or to (especially) a girl and means a restless, agitated, twitchy person: its origin is grim: it relates perhaps to the twitching of a person being hanged or derives from someone who escapes the just punishment of being hanged as in " to fly by (avoid) the gibbet". It is an English, not an American word, though it is understood on the East Coast of the US.

    May 15, 2010