Definition of fibro in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose fibre, used in sheets for building.

    • ‘The so-called third wave were the consumers, the home renovators, for example, who innocently put up or pulled down asbestos fibro.’
    • ‘It does not cover work involving asbestos-cement or fibro products.’
    • ‘Fibro cladding on the outside walls and eaves of houses is the most obvious form of asbestos cement, but fibro is also very common in wet areas on the inside of houses, in the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry.’
    • ‘Today at Harris Street we tried banging on the fibro to assess the noise, perhaps we should have done some dancing in the lounge room, maybe bleated an 80's pop chorus to get a better idea of the acoustics.’
    • ‘With the coming of fibro in the 1920s, they could be built cheaply and quickly almost anywhere, and they were.’
    • ‘So, for much of the latter twentieth century the economical use of standard sizes of fibro, plywood or precast concrete provided one of the fixed coordinates of formal invention in architecture.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A house constructed mainly of fibro sheets.


1950s: abbreviation of fibro-cement.