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 (fŏl′də-rŏl′) also fal·de·ral (făl′də-răl′)
1. Foolishness; nonsense.
2. A trifle; a gewgaw.

[From a nonsense refrain in some old songs.]
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a variant of falderal
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(ˈfæl dəˌræl)

also fal•de•rol



1. mere nonsense; foolish talk or ideas.
2. a trifle; gimcrack; gewgaw.
[1695–1705; orig. as a nonsense refrain in songs; of obscure orig.]
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- Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle.
See also related terms for trivial.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.folderol - nonsensical talk or writing
drivel, garbage - a worthless message
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
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References in classic literature ?
She did not talk books, nor art, nor similar folderols. Homely minded as he was himself, he found her almost equally homely minded.
According to Prochaska's argument, the planting of that seed explains the apparently illogical attachment to the folderols of British royalty felt by otherwise republican citizens.
"So," he accused Mary, "so you took the money that I've been laying by to send Ben to summer school on, to get all these folderols with."