the act of a person or thing that fixes.
fixings. Also fix·in's [fik-sinz] /ˈfɪk sɪnz/. Informal.
  1. the necessary ingredients: salad fixings.
  2. the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings: turkey with all the fixings.

Origin of fixing

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at fix, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fixings

Historical Examples of fixings

  • I can't tell you anything about that house, nor the fixings in it; it beat me a mile—that house did.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • We then took our ‘fixings’ from the cart, and proceeded to the tree.

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • As far as “fixings” were concerned, the cousins were a contrast.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness

    Margaret Murray Robertson

  • In the way of fixings for this, you need only four pairs of horns and four cheap bows.

    Woodland Tales

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • “Come over it with me, and look at the fixings, before I tell you,” said Jack.

    Fort Desolation

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for fixings


pl n mainly US and Canadian

apparatus or equipment
accompaniments for a dish; trimmings



a means of attaching one thing to another, as a pipe to a wall, slate to a roof, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fixings

"apparatus," 1820, from present participle of fix (v.). American English sense of "food, garnishing" is attested from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper