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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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Related Words for fopperies

frippery, gathering, flounce, ruffle, lace, garbage, tuck, jazz, extravagance, amenity, decoration, thing, superfluity, doodad, gimcrack, garnish, fuss, gingerbread, fandangle, foppery

Examples from the Web for fopperies

Historical Examples of fopperies

  • 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


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



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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