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falderal

[fal-duh-ral]
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noun
  1. mere nonsense; foolish talk or ideas.
  2. a trifle; gimcrack; gew-gaw.
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Also fal·de·rol [fal-duh-rol] /ˈfæl dəˌrɒl/, folderol.

Origin of falderal

First recorded in 1695–1705; orig. as a nonsense refrain in songs; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for falderol

falderal

falderol (ˈfældɪˌrɒl) or folderol (ˈfɒldɪˌrɒl)

noun
  1. a showy but worthless trifle
  2. foolish nonsense
  3. a nonsensical refrain in old songs
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Word Origin and History for falderol

n.

also falderal, folderol, 1701, nonsense refrain in songs; meaning "gewgaw, trifle" is attested from 1820.

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