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foppery

[fop-uh-ree]
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noun, plural fop·per·ies.
  1. the clothes, manners, actions, etc., of a fop.
  2. something foppish.

Origin of foppery

First recorded in 1540–50; fop + -ery
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Examples from the Web for foppery

Historical Examples

  • Forced complaisance is foppery; and affected easiness is ridiculous.

    The Young Man's Guide</p>

    William A. Alcott

  • Theron looked at his interrogator with a frown of disdain for his foppery.

    The Proud Prince

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • They despised wealth just as other nations despise effeminacy and foppery.

    Xerxes

    Jacob Abbott

  • So that, were we to try our best at foppery, we could not now succeed.

  • So foppery and foolery are tolerated from habit and intimacy.


British Dictionary definitions for foppery

foppery

noun plural -peries
  1. the clothes, affectations, obsessions, etc, of or befitting a fop
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Word Origin and History for foppery

n.

1540s, "foolish action," from fop + -ery. Meaning "behavior and manner of a fop" is from 1690s; meaning "foppish attire" is from 1711.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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