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1870, "a rustling," from French (19c.), possibly imitative of the rustling of a dress. Meaning "fussy details" is from 1876.

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  • There was a frou-frou of skirts upon the velvet carpet, and the next moment Iris Vincent's arms were about her.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • frou-frou, who stands for her, is not in the least the true type.

  • Then the frou-frou of light silken draperies passed over the soft carpet.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • frou-frou is a creature that can love, can suffer, can repent, can die.

  • He had not seen Juliette's gesture, but he had heard the frou-frou of her skirts, as she seated herself upon the sofa.

    I Will Repay Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • But frou-frou is in no sense the true Femme Galante of her day.

  • Behind him he heard a slight rustling of branches, and, after that, the sound of quick steps and the frou-frou of a silken skirt.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • We can almost hear the frou-frou of their garments in his pictures.

    Watteau C. Lewis Hind
  • It is shocking only to the most prurient of prudes; and in point of morality is infinitely better than frou-frou.

  • No people in their right senses could have accepted my "frou-frou" instead of Sarah's.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
Slang definitions & phrases for frou-frou



Frilly dress and adornment; frivolous bedizenment: Is that what you want in a girl, chi-chi, frou-frou, fancy clothes, permanent waves?

[1870+; fr French, imitative of the rustling of silk]

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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