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  • v. Present participle of fribble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Frivolous; trining; toolishly captious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Frivolous; trifling; feebly captious.


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  • Spirit, such Impotence of Nerve, is often accompanied with a fribbling Affectation of Politeness, which is to me completely ridiculous -- green Tea, if We could but get it -- Madeira Wine, if I could but get it -- Collectors genteel Company, Dances, late suppers and

    John Adams diary 15, 30 January 1768, 10 August 1769 - 22 August 1770

  • And, in short, when he urges the great question whether this country is to tolerate slavery or no, he is met with trivial fribbling side-issues, every one of which _should_ vanish like foam before the determined will and onward march of a great, _free_ people.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • He's fribbling all the time with that damned House.

    Collected Poems

  • He’s fribbling all the time with that damned House.

    Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford. I. The Man Against the Sky

  • In this tract we find no unmeaning gallant fribbling, but the solemn language of one who had death and judgment before his face.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • I want to apologize for my "borborygmus" and be called out for my "fribbling."

    NPR Topics: News

  • * Impatient for heaven's cordial drop, ihe tries v The fribbling beau, the rough unwieldy clown;,.

    The works of the English poets; with prefaces, biographical and critical

  • She found some consolation in the thought that people were always more moderate than the pictures she made of them in their absence, but she lost it when she went back into the high, white, view-invaded dining-room at Yaverland's End. For Marion stood by the hearth looking down into the fire, and as Richard and Ellen came in she turned an impassive face towards them, and asked indifferently, "Have you had a nice walk?" and fell to polishing her nails with the palm of her hand with that trivial, fribbling gesture that was somehow more desperate than any other being's outflung arms.

    The Judge

  • Again, thim that were for you spoke and said you would show yourself soon -- and the others made reply, and observed you must now spake out, or never spake more; you must either head 'em, or be tramped under foot along with the rest, so it did not signify talking, and Joey Kelly should not be fribbling any more about it; and it was a wonder, said they, he was not the night at the meeting.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04


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