Wordy Wednesday: Fribbler

Today’s post will be short and sweet because the word I’ve picked for today is a fairly simple one. I found it on Mentalfloss, and I truly believe that we’ve all known (or been) one of these in our lifetimes.

Without further ado, that word is:


CJE Words defines Fribbler as “to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; to trifle.” That definition is backed up by Reverso, who defines it as “to fritter away…to act frivolously…a wasteful or frivolous person or action.”

According to Mentalfloss, this term originated in the 18th century, and Dictionary.com says it may be a variation of Frivol, which means to act frivolously. Either way, it’s meaning is one we know well. Zits

Using Fribbler in a sentence is fairly straightforward, and it can be used as an adjective, a verb, or a noun. Some examples include:

“John fribbled away his fortune before he knew it.”

“That fribbler has no place in this society.”

“If you become a fribbler, I will be forced to disown you.”

“Oh Joe, you’re such a fribbler!” Mary laughed, touching his arm as he smiled at her.”

That’s it! Now, go and fill the world with your new-found knowledge of Fribbler, and I’ll see you next week!

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