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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The space now is a clearing and needs something commanding to tower over all the frippery at ground level.
Yet they are a frippery with which women are obsessed.
Their memory is worth more than all the commercialised frippery on sale in gift shops.
Written in an accessible and engaging manner, Lublin is convincing in his belief that frippery is worthy of serious consideration in Shakespeare's theatre.
In comparison, the males seem lost, consumed by frippery and all too content to jostle around, whooping and highfiving, oblivious to the plight of their female companions.