flibbertigibbet
noun Etymology: Middle English flepergebet Date: 15th century a silly flighty person • flibbertigibbety adjective

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  • Flibbertigibbet — is an Old English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young female. In modern use, it is used as a slang term, especially in Yorkshire, for a gossipy or overly talkative person. Its origin is in a meaningless representation …   Wikipedia

  • Flibbertigibbet — Flib ber*ti*gib bet, n. An imp. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flibbertigibbet — (von Mittelenglisch flipergebet) bezieht sich auf: eine Figur der angelsächsischen Mythologie, auf die in der englischen Literatur verschiedentlich Bezug genommen wird (z. B. Kenilworth von Sir Walter Scott, King Lear von Shakespeare, auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • flibbertigibbet — 1540s, chattering gossip, flighty woman, probably a nonsense word meant to sound like fast talking; as the name of a devil or fiend it dates from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • flibbertigibbet — ► NOUN ▪ a frivolous and restless person. ORIGIN probably imitative of idle chatter …   English terms dictionary

  • flibbertigibbet — [flib′ər tē jib΄it] n. [extended < ME flypergebet < ?] an irresponsible, flighty person …   English World dictionary

  • flibbertigibbet — /flib euhr tee jib it/, n. 1. a chattering or flighty, light headed person. 2. Archaic. a gossip. [1425 75; late ME flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • flibbertigibbet — noun /ˌflɪbətiˈdʒɪbɪt,ˈflɪbɚtiˌdʒɪbɪt/ a) An offbeat, skittish person; especially said of a young woman. b) An imp, a fiend …   Wiktionary

  • flibbertigibbet — flib|ber|ti|gib|bet [ ,flıbərti dʒıbıt ] noun count OLD FASHIONED a silly person whose opinions are not considered seriously by other people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flibbertigibbet — flib·ber·ti·gib·bet || ‚flɪbÉ™(r)tɪ dʒɪbɪt n. talkative frivolous person …   English contemporary dictionary

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