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also frou-frou  (fro͞o′fro͞o)
1. Fussy or showy dress or ornamentation.
2. A rustling sound, as of silk.
Fussy or showy in dress or ornamentation: "The cutesy, froufrou baby clothes of the past were tacky and foolish-looking" (Susan Gregory Thomas).

[French, of imitative origin.]


1. a swishing sound, as made by a long silk dress
2. (Clothing & Fashion) elaborate dress or ornamentation, esp worn by women
[C19: from French, of imitative origin]



n., pl. -frous.
1. frilly decoration.
2. a rustling, as of a woman's dress.
[1865–70; < French]
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Do you walk past rails of fancy froufrou frocks and involuntarily have the impulse to heave?
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whose spelling is tautological--are of two kinds: terms such as froufrou and Pago Pago, which were fashioned from two or more identical subunits, and terms such as hotshots and valval, which were not.
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not finally laid out porcelain dead in froufrou feet hanging bare
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Among the best of their entertaining drawing-room comedies are Fanny (1868) and Froufrou (1869).