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[fril-ee] /ˈfrɪl i/
adjective, frillier, frilliest.
covered with or marked by frills:
Some of the more elaborate dress shirts have frilly fronts.
frivolous; inconsequential:
After a day of intense concentration and serious business, they feel like doing something frilly and amusing.
Origin of frilly
First recorded in 1835-45; frill + -y1
Related forms
frilliness, noun
unfrilly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Cherry, sinking white and frilly into a chair, smiled indulgently.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • The slices of ham he cuts—they never do have frilly looks with holes in between.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • Not the kind you have on note-paper, but a frilly thing on his head.

    Robin's Rambles May Byron
  • I expect she'll have a beautiful lot of frilly frocks when you get home.


    Edna Turpin
  • The two frilly night-dresses, the other chemise, the other petticoat, the extra stockings?

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
Word Origin and History for frilly

1843, from frill + -y (2). Related: Frilliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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