frilling

[ fril-ing ]
/ ˈfrɪl ɪŋ /

noun

frilled edging.

Origin of frilling

First recorded in 1805–15; frill + -ing1

Definition for frilling (2 of 2)

frill

[ fril ]
/ frɪl /

noun

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.

Origin of frill

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain
Related formsfrill·er, nounun·frill, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for frilling

frill

/ (frɪl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsfrilliness, nounfrilly, adjective

Word Origin for frill

C14: perhaps of Flemish origin
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Word Origin and History for frilling

frill


n.

"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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