[ fril ]
/ frɪl /


verb (used with object)

to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
to form into a frill.

verb (used without object)

Photography. (of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.

Nearby words

  1. frigorific,
  2. frijol,
  3. frijole,
  4. frijoles,
  5. frijoles refritos,
  6. frill-necked lizard,
  7. frilled,
  8. frilled lizard,
  9. frilling,
  10. frills

Origin of frill

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

Related formsfrill·er, nounun·frill, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frill


/ (frɪl) /



Derived Formsfrilliness, nounfrilly, adjective

Word Origin for frill

C14: perhaps of Flemish origin

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Word Origin and History for frill



"wavy ornamental edging," 1801 (with a doubtful attestation from 1590s), of uncertain origin despite much speculation [see OED]; figurative sense of "useless ornament" first recorded 1893. The verb meaning "to furnish with a frill" is recorded in 1570s. Related: Frilled.

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