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adjective, frill·i·er, frill·i·est.
  1. covered with or marked by frills: Some of the more elaborate dress shirts have frilly fronts.
  2. frivolous; inconsequential: After a day of intense concentration and serious business, they feel like doing something frilly and amusing.
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Origin of frilly

First recorded in 1835–45; frill + -y1
Related formsfrill·i·ness, nounun·frill·y, adjective
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Related Words for frilly

ornate, gauzy, patterned, frilly, ostentatious, swank, sumptuous, palatial, lavish, luscious, extravagant, deluxe, plush, decorative, gaudy, elegant, complicated, special, flamboyant, elaborate

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Contemporary Examples of frilly

Historical Examples of frilly

  • Cherry, sinking white and frilly into a chair, smiled indulgently.


    Kathleen Norris

  • The slices of ham he cuts—they never do have frilly looks with holes in between.

    The Story of Opal

    Opal Whiteley

  • Not the kind you have on note-paper, but a frilly thing on his head.

  • I expect she'll have a beautiful lot of frilly frocks when you get home.


    Edna Turpin

  • The two frilly night-dresses, the other chemise, the other petticoat, the extra stockings?

    The Cinder Pond

    Carroll Watson Rankin

Word Origin and History for frilly


1843, from frill + -y (2). Related: Frilliness.

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