Meaning of flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet




A flibbertigibbet is a very silly chatterbox. If your teacher calls you a flibbertigibbet, she clearly doesn’t think you’re a serious or scholarly person.

The noun flibbertigibbet is a colorful — if slightly old fashioned — word for a ridiculous busybody, someone who talks and gossips a lot but doesn’t have much of any substance to say. It’s most often used to talk about a frivolous young woman. Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English invention, a word that sounds like meaningless chatter, and it’s still used fairly often in Yorkshire, England.

Definitions of flibbertigibbet
  1. noun

    a foolish, flighty, and overly talkative person

    synonyms:

    foolish woman

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    type of:

    fool, muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool

    a person who lacks good judgment

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