flibbertigibbet


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flib·ber·ti·gib·bet

 (flĭb′ər-tē-jĭb′ĭt)
n.
A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.

[Middle English flipergebet.]

flibbertigibbet

(ˈflɪbətɪˌdʒɪbɪt)
n
an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
[C15: of uncertain origin]

flib•ber•ti•gib•bet

(ˈflɪb ər tiˌdʒɪb ɪt)

n.
a chattering or flighty, lightheaded person.
[1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure orig.]
flib′ber•ti•gib`bet•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flibbertigibbet - a female fool
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
Translations
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The show - the story - begins with Maria, "a flibbertigibbet, a will-o'-the-wisp, a clown", hurtling back to the abbey where, given her shocking time-keeping, she is clearly in vain pursuit of a career as a nun.
Crewson's Lila is mother-as-clown, a weepy, dense, flibbertigibbet cross between the Mary Tyler Moores of Ordinary People and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
The pop flibbertigibbet famed for her vocal acrobatics, this week slipped a pounds 35m pay-off into her sequinned handbag.
But despite their caution it was always the same dashing of hope, the same sadness and here was this flibbertigibbet striding down the slippery hill with her fool of a boyfriend and no care for what was inside her
At that time they were angry over a story, a yarn, a flibbertigibbet piece of fiction.
Both flibbertigibbet and savant, "that person" is an obsessive draftsman, and for this show he used black paint to cover dozens of pages of white graph paper with text and images.
Posey's nervous, flibbertigibbet energy is assertive without inducing many laughs.
Five fiends have been in Poor Tom at once; of lust, as Obidcut; Hobbididence, prince of dumbness; Mahu, of stealing; Modo, of murder; Flibbertigibbet, of mopping and mowing; who since possesses chambermaids and waiting-women.
Why not go back to the start with a young Jane Marple, a swingin' flibbertigibbet in uptight postwar England?
For the perfect example of such a web-based flibbertigibbet, look no further than the blogger who called for Gordon Brown to resign with these words: "Brown, get your coat, time's up.
There is no flibbertigibbet racing about knocking over decoys and making a general nuisance of himself.
The four comic figures--played by Terry Hodges as the buffoonish stepfather Don Magnifico, Tyler Duncan as the mincing Dandini, Marion Newman and Marianne Lambert as the flibbertigibbet stepsisters Tisbe and Clorinda--were wonderfully sung and acted.