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foppery

[fop-uh-ree]
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noun, plural fop·per·ies.
  1. the clothes, manners, actions, etc., of a fop.
  2. something foppish.
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Origin of foppery

First recorded in 1540–50; fop + -ery
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Examples from the Web for fopperies

Historical Examples

  • They have obtained more liberty since, and can dispense with these "fopperies."

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • The unities of time and place have always appeared to me fopperies, as far as they require close observance of the French rules.

  • He plays the game with the gloves off, he strips bare all the fopperies and artificialities of the world.

    Why we should read

    S. P. B. Mais

  • I visited all the famous ones, and it would fill a volume to tell you the fopperies that's said of them.

  • George Osborne lying yonder, all his fopperies ended, with a bullet through his heart?

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson


British Dictionary definitions for fopperies

foppery

noun plural -peries
  1. the clothes, affectations, obsessions, etc, of or befitting a fop
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Word Origin and History for fopperies

foppery

n.

1540s, "foolish action," from fop + -ery. Meaning "behavior and manner of a fop" is from 1690s; meaning "foppish attire" is from 1711.

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