- a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.
- anything resembling or suggesting this: a fringe of grass around a swimming pool.
- an outer edge; margin; periphery: on the fringe of the art world.
- something regarded as peripheral, marginal, secondary, or extreme in relation to something else: the lunatic fringe of a strong political party.
- Optics. one of the alternate light and dark bands produced by diffraction or interference.
- fringe benefit.
- 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.
Origin of fringe
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Examples from the Web for fringy
When they so cut them, they get fringy—and such fringes are more long than other fringes.The Story of Opal
She only wagged her fringy tail, and licked her mistress's hand, and goggled at her with her full dark eyes.The Kitchen Cat and Other Stories
In the lively jumble of robust, rejoicing realities about him, he seemed to have emerged from the fringy edges of a daze.Villa Elsa
Now, if it wasnt for that fringy thing he wears on his face, hed look almost exactly like a small-sized human.Friar Tuck
Robert Alexander Wason
Their long branches will be a mass of flowers with fringy petals and a yellow centre.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
- an edging consisting of hanging threads, tassels, etc
- an outer edge; periphery
- (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
- to adorn or fit with a fringe or fringes
- to be a fringe forfur fringes the satin
Word Origin and History for fringy
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.