verb (used with object)
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Origin of fard
Words nearby fard
What does farding mean?
Farding is the act of applying makeup.
Farding comes from the word fard, which can be a verb meaning to apply makeup or a noun meaning makeup or other facial cosmetics. Fard is considered archaic, meaning it was once in common use but has become rare.
Example: My beauty blog is dedicated to the art of farding—applying makeup.
Where does farding come from?
The first records of the word fard in English come from the 1400s. It comes from the Old French word farder, meaning “to apply makeup.” This probably derives from the Old Low Franconian word farwiđon, meaning “to dye” or “to color.”
Farding originally referred to applying some kind of makeup to one’s face. It then began to be used figuratively to refer to embellishing something or covering up its flaws. The noun fard commonly referred to the kind of white theatrical face paint, such as that used by clowns, that we might call grease paint. After the 1800s, it became quite rare. However, the word fard is still seen in the names of some beauty products, especially since it is used in French to refer to some cosmetics. In recent slang usage, farding is sometimes used to mean the act of applying makeup while driving, or as a misspelling of farting.
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How is farding used in real life?
Farding is a rare word mostly used in the context of makeup and other cosmetics.
Neva thot I would do makeup ever in my life…
Me and cosmetics was like a far far thing… however with time I found myself while farding!!
Still an Amateur but learning and progressing and shall guide you all in the process too!!
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— Juhi Patel (@Dauntless_23) March 18, 2020
I still can’t believe that one of my high school teachers had the nerve to put “No farding (applying makeup) in class” on her list of rules, only to get mad at a bunch of giggling 15-year olds for making fart jokes after.
— Amy 😷 (@ohsoamy) March 12, 2019
Instead of banning phones/texting/farding while driving, why not enforce laws against reckless driving?
— Dave Lockjaw Walker (@LockjawTheOgre) April 15, 2009
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True or False?
The word farding is much less commonly used than it once was.