One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
- ‘Back in the 1960s, when I was but a young flibbertigibbet, there was consternation when The Sunday Times introduced the concept of including a magazine with the newspaper.’
- ‘Have a look at Hieronymus Bosch, the Pilgrim's Progress, Paradise Lost, the Malleus Maleficatrum… and beyond that the British countryside was crawling with flibbertigibbets that get integrated into Christian thought.’
- ‘Maria, on the other hand, is described by her fellow nuns as ‘a flibbertigibbet, a will-o'-the-wisp, a clown’.’
- ‘She goes so far as to cultivate the image of a terminal flibbertigibbet.’
- ‘He's a diligent, conscientious person; I'm a flibbertigibbet a will o' the wisp, a clown.’
- ‘‘You're talking rubbish,’ said I, incensed that a flibbertigibbet biscuit such as the pink iced ones with white swirls could be held in higher regard than a Rich Tea which, as any fool knows, is a noble biscuit with real dignity.’
- ‘My Queen Rat has charm and she's a bit of a flibbertigibbet as well!’
- ‘She firmly tells her audience that chivalry and courtliness are about real things, that hypocrites and coy flibbertigibbets are without honour.’
- ‘She looked at me then and cried, ‘My, you really are a flibbertigibbet!’’
- ‘As if she didn't know that they were off thinking of flibbertigibbets and flirting with things, so that they forgot their tasks!’
- ‘Instead, Bergman is stuck playing a polite flibbertigibbet, the kind of helpless royal who many would consider scandalous if she wasn't so pure in her personal morality.’
- ‘Here, Keaton's la-di-da flibbertigibbet dissolved all of her neurotic mannerisms and simply stood still, gently and lovingly warbling what became the film's essence.’
- ‘Hollywood, in 2002, views him as a spoiled child, a ready to raise a fuss flibbertigibbet who can't wait for someone to criticize his vision so he can go goofy on them.’
- ‘In the interim, of course, I was a flibbertigibbet, obsessing on other things.’
- ‘She is a young flibbertigibbet who inherits her sister's three children after a car accident.’
Late Middle English: probably imitative of idle chatter.
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