verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.
- friml, rudolf,
- fringe area,
- fringe benefit,
- fringe tree,
- fringe-toed lizard,
Origin of fringe
Examples from the Web for fringy
Here the trees grew to immense heights before they put forth their crown of fringy foliage.The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine|Katherine Stokes
When they so cut them, they get fringy—and such fringes are more long than other fringes.The Story of Opal|Opal Whiteley
My jacket collar is all fringy round the edges, and the top button is split.Glory and the Other Girl|Annie Hamilton Donnell
It can be planted as a border, since it grows low and has a fringy, decorative effect.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
Their long branches will be a mass of flowers with fringy petals and a yellow centre.Amateur Gardencraft|Eben E. Rexford
- an outer edge; periphery
- (as modifier)fringe dwellers; a fringe area
Word Origin for fringe
early 14c., from Old French frenge "thread, strand, fringe, hem" (early 14c.), from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (plural) "fibers, threads, fringe," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "outer edge, margin," is first recorded 1894. Related: Fringes. Fringe benefits is recorded from 1952.
late 15c., from fringe (n.). Related: Fringed; fringing.