fribbler, n.
/frib"euhl/, v., fribbled, fribbling, n., adj.
1. to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle.
2. to waste foolishly (often fol. by away): He fribbled away one opportunity after another.
3. a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.
4. anything trifling or frivolous.
5. frivolousness.
6. frivolous; foolish; trifling.
[1620-30; perh. alter. of FRIVOL]

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