frippery


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frip·per·y

 (frĭp′ə-rē)
n. pl. frip·per·ies
1. Pretentious, showy finery.
2. Pretentious elegance; ostentation.
3. Something trivial or nonessential.

[French friperie, from Old French freperie, old clothes, from felpe, frepe, from Medieval Latin faluppa, worthless material, of unknown origin.]

frippery

(ˈfrɪpərɪ)
n, pl -peries
1. ornate or showy clothing or adornment
2. showiness; ostentation
3. unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia
[C16: from Old French freperie, from frepe frill, rag, old garment, from Medieval Latin faluppa a straw, splinter, of obscure origin]

frip•per•y

(ˈfrɪp ə ri)

n., pl. -per•ies.
1. finery in dress, esp. when showy or gaudy.
2. empty display; ostentation.
3. gewgaws; trifles.
[1560–70; < French friperie, Old French freperie]

Frippery

 tawdry finery, 1681; old clothes—Johnson, 1755.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frippery - something of little value or significance
small beer, trivia, triviality, trifle - something of small importance

frippery

frippery

noun
1. Showy and elaborate clothing or apparel:
2. Something or things that are unimportant:
Translations

frippery

[ˈfrɪpərɪ] N (esp Brit) → perifollos mpl, perejiles mpl

frippery

n (pej: = cheap ornament) → Flitter m, → Kinkerlitzchen pl (inf); (= trivialities)belanglose Kleinigkeiten pl

frippery

[ˈfrɪpərɪ] n (pej) fripperiescianfrusaglie fpl
References in classic literature ?
I do really wish one could see a little advance in the way of real refinement and true elegance among all the vast improvements we are making in frippery and follies," cried Mr.
The notable wife of Kamehameha, the renowned conqueror and king of the Sandwich Islands, used to pride herself in the skill she displayed in dyeing her tappa with contrasting colours disposed in regular figures; and, in the midst of the innovations of the times, was regarded, towards the decline of her life, as a lady of the old school, clinging as she did to the national cloth, in preference to the frippery of the European calicoes.
It's only to turn out those things that aren't wanted," she said, putting something more on the heap of frippery that lay in Annushka's arms.
All the churches in an ordinary American city put together could hardly buy the jeweled frippery in one of her hundred cathedrals.
Young women of such birth, living in a quiet country-house, and attending a village church hardly larger than a parlor, naturally regarded frippery as the ambition of a huckster's daughter.
It was almost completely dark in the narrow, cramped, low-pitched room, cumbered up with an enormous wardrobe and piles of cardboard boxes and all sorts of frippery and litter.
They waited here a much longer time than was agreeable to Mr Ralph Nickleby, who eyed the gaudy frippery about him with very little concern, and was at length about to pull the bell, when a gentleman suddenly popped his head into the room, and, seeing somebody there, as suddenly popped it out again.
Phoenix could have played without any stage frippery, and the group would have still, no doubt, sent the packed crowd at Kia Theatre into a frenzy with its exuberant, synth-laced dance-pop music.
Or maybe we just knew that one day you'd turn up at the Palace dressed in a pantomime outfit, kneel before the Queen's grandson, and take a knighthood, years after Bowie had turned down such Establishment frippery saying: "I'd never have any intention of accepting anything like that.
The space now is a clearing and needs something commanding to tower over all the frippery at ground level.
Bach: Air on the G-String, BWV1068; Fugue in G-minor "Little," BWV578; Bruckner: Andante in D , Lowell Shaw: Frippery 9 "Charleston"; Frippery 14 "Something in Two"; Stanley Myer: Cavatina.
Yet they are a frippery with which women are obsessed.