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[fik-sing] /ˈfɪk sɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that fixes.
fixings, Also, fixin's, F01/F0182100 fik-sinz, ˈfɪk sɪnz. Informal.
  1. the necessary ingredients:
    salad fixings.
  2. the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings:
    turkey with all the fixings.
Origin of fixing
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at fix, -ing1 Unabridged
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  • The king said it was all the more homely and more pleasanter for these fixings, and so don't disturb them.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As far as “fixings” were concerned, the cousins were a contrast.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
  • Put in a dress that you can wear to dinner in a hotel, Betty, said he, and dont forget the fixings.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore David Goodger (
  • In the way of fixings for this, you need only four pairs of horns and four cheap bows.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The yawl Matilda is on sale, and she has all her fixings and plenty of tinned stuff aboard.

  • I can't tell you anything about that house, nor the fixings in it; it beat me a mile—that house did.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You'll find a small turkey, and some—er—some fixings in it, Mrs. Mulligan," said Hetherington.

    A Little Book of Christmas John Kendrick Bangs
  • The valves and other fixings are usually attached by the fitters.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • We then took our ‘fixings’ from the cart, and proceeded to the tree.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • And now you, Mr. Danvers, just throw some light on these fixings, will you?

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
British Dictionary definitions for fixings


plural noun (mainly US & Canadian)
apparatus or equipment
accompaniments for a dish; trimmings


a means of attaching one thing to another, as a pipe to a wall, slate to a roof, etc
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Word Origin and History for fixings

"apparatus," 1820, from present participle of fix (v.). American English sense of "food, garnishing" is attested from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fixings



Things, esp food, normally accompanying some central or focal object: turkey and all the fixings (1842+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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