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[frip-uh-ree] /ˈfrɪp ə ri/
noun, plural fripperies.
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
empty display; ostentation.
gewgaws; trifles.
Origin of frippery
1560-70; < French friperie, Old French freperie, equivalent to frepe rag + -erie -ery Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for frippery
Historical Examples
  • The frippery of the island was dropped like the withes which bound Samson.

    The Cobbler In The Devil's Kitchen Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • frippery which would be discarded in England is often useful in India.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • No, but like them I have learnt to rate all this frippery at its worth!

  • She was at Coronado again, in the sunshine and frippery of her sitting room.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • This frippery has not only the girl's personality but her very spirit in it.

  • She takes no interest in anything but the frippery side of life.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
  • His dynasty and his Empire were the frippery of a past time.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • A heap of frippery, a handful of gems, a dish or two more on the table cannot give it.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • His selfishness, his vanity, his idleness, his frippery were annulled in the instant.

    The Frontiersmen

    Charles Egbert Craddock
  • You'll see I've used it legitimately—none of it's gone on frippery.

    Married Life

    May Edginton
British Dictionary definitions for frippery


noun (pl) -peries
ornate or showy clothing or adornment
showiness; ostentation
unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia
Word Origin
C16: from Old French freperie, from frepe frill, rag, old garment, from Medieval Latin faluppa a straw, splinter, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for frippery

1560s, "old clothes, cast-off garments," from Middle French friperie "old clothes, an old clothes shop," from Old French freperie, feuperie "old rags, rubbish" (13c.), from frepe, feupe "fringe; rags, old clothes," from Late Latin faluppa "chip, splinter, straw, fiber." The notion is of "things worn down, clothes rubbed to rags." The ironic meaning "finery" (but with overtones of tawdriness) dates from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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