verb (used with object), fringed, fring·ing.

to furnish with or as if with a fringe.
to serve as a fringe for, or to be arranged around or along so as to suggest a fringe: armed guards fringing the building.

Nearby words

  1. frills,
  2. frilly,
  3. frimaire,
  4. friml,
  5. friml, rudolf,
  6. fringe area,
  7. fringe benefit,
  8. fringe tree,
  9. fringe-toed lizard,
  10. fringed

Origin of fringe

1325–75; Middle English frenge < Old French (French frange) < Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathetic variant of Late Latin fimbria, Latin fimbriae fringe

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British Dictionary definitions for fringy



an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
  1. an outer edge; periphery
  2. (as modifier)fringe dwellers; a fringe area
(modifier) unofficial; not conventional in formfringe theatre
mainly British a section of the front hair cut short over the forehead
an ornamental border or margin
physics any of the light and dark or coloured bands produced by diffraction or interference of light

verb (tr)

to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
to be a fringe forfur fringes the satin
Derived Formsfringeless, adjective

Word Origin for fringe

C14: from Old French frenge, ultimately from Latin fimbria fringe, border; see fimbria

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