3. the name of a devil or fiend mentioned by Shakespeare (obsolete)
to play the flibbertigibbet; to gad about frivolously
also in forms FLEBERGEBET, FLEBERGEBIT, FLEBERGIBET, FLIBBER DE' JIBB, FLIBBERGIB(BE), FLIBBER-GIBBET, FLIBBERTY-GIBBET, FLIBERDEGIBEK, FLIBERDIGIBBET, FLIBERDIGIBET, FLIPPERTY-GIBBET, FLYBBERGYBE,
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Pronunciation of FLIBBERTIGIBBET
apparently an onomatopœic representation of unmeaning chatter
The form flibbergib, is probably the original; the later expansions are of a kind commonly met with in imitative words. The ending may be due to association with gibbet.
also see Michael Quinion's WORLD WIDE WORDS
From: Mona Maclean, Medical Student
By Graham Travers, 10th Edition, 1894
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