Origin of foofaraw
Words nearby foofaraw
BEHIND THE WORD
Where does foofaraw come from?
A foofaraw is either “a great fuss about something insignificant” or “an excessive amount of decoration.”
Etymologists think the word, which evidence now suggests is recorded in the American West in the mid-1800s, is based on the French fanfaron, “boastful,” and Spanish fanfarrón, “vain, arrogant.” These words are apparently meant to sound “showy,” like a fanfare.
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Foofaraw’s notion of making a big deal out of something insignificant is similar to the expression make a mountain out of a molehill. And foofaraw’s sense of excessive decoration can be conveyed using the noun forms of such adjectives as garish, gaudy, or ostentatious.