a trimming, as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge and left loose at the other; ruffle.
something resembling such a trimming, as the fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs.
affectation of manner, style, etc.
Photography. wrinkling or loosening of an emulsion at the edges, usually due to excessively high temperature during developing.
to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
to form into a frill.
Photography. (of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.
- friller, noun
- un·frill, verb (used with object)
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How to use frill in a sentence
We wanted to give you options on extras and frills, such as Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities for those who like to work out with a trainer, use fitness programs, and connect to music.The best treadmills for walking and running all year round | Chelsea Frank | October 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
When selecting a budget folding desk, you shouldn’t expect too many frills or extra features as compared to a folding computer desk.Best folding desk: Practical and portable options for small spaces | Jen McCaffery | July 26, 2021 | Popular-Science
You can build in some frills, but you must be prepared to cut them out if you don’t earn enough to cover all your necessary expenses in a month.Gig-economy jobs and how to manage the irregular income | Michelle Singletary | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Maybe the rawest rapper of all-time, no pretense or frills, just pure adrenaline, lawless genius, and reckless abandon.
No frills, no expensive casket, no embalming or intervention, just that beautiful moment with a community and their dead.
This genus appears to be nearly allied to the Agamae, but differs from them in the peculiar frill that is appended to the neck.
Finish off with a button and loop, and flute the frill on each side over the finger to make it set.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
As the vessel cuts through the water she raises a frill of foam on either side—what the sailors call "a bone in her mouth."Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
Mrs. Lawrence laid her smoothing hand absently on a frill of lace fichu above a sternly disciplined bosom at half-heave. 'Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
He was, however, a prodigious dandy, and wore a lace frill and embroidered waistcoat.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for frill
a gathered, ruched, or pleated strip of cloth sewn on at one edge only, as on garments, as ornament, or to give extra body
a ruff of hair or feathers around the neck of a dog or bird or a fold of skin around the neck of a reptile or amphibian
(often capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon having a ruff of curled feathers on the chest and crop: Full name: oriental frill
photog a wrinkling or loosening of the emulsion at the edges of a negative or print
(often plural) informal a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
(tr) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
to form into a frill or frills
(intr) photog (of an emulsion) to develop a frill
- frilliness, noun
- frilly, adjective
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