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flibbertigibbet

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From late Middle English first attested 1549 probably imitative of nonsense uttered by gossips. Usage as an imp or fiend and name of the Devil from around 1603.

Noun

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flibbertigibbet

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  1. An offbeat, skittish person; especially said of a young woman.
  2. (archaic) An imp, a fiend.

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