or frou·frou

[ froo-froo ]
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  1. elaborate decoration, as frills, ribbons, or ruffles, especially on women's clothing.

  2. elaborate detail.

  1. a rustling, particularly the rustling of silk, as in a woman's dress.

  1. elaborately decorated; fussy: frou-frou bedroom decor.

  2. having elaborate detail: We laughed at all the frou-frou descriptions on the menu.

Origin of frou-frou

First recorded in 1865–70; from French; imitative

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How to use frou-frou in a sentence

  • With the quick military tread came the frou-frou of silk and the footfall of slippered feet.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Finally, in the eighteenth century, comes rococo, with its rustling frou-frou and its delicate charm.

  • There was a frou-frou of skirts upon the velvet carpet, and the next moment Iris Vincent's arms were about her.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy | Laura Jean Libbey
  • There was a pause, broken only by the light frou-frou of the fan, as it still waved slowly backwards and forwards.

    Dead Man's Rock | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He still paced the floor until he heard a light frou-frou in the hall, a light knock at the door.

British Dictionary definitions for froufrou


/ (ˈfruːˌfruː) /

  1. a swishing sound, as made by a long silk dress

  2. elaborate dress or ornamentation, esp worn by women

Origin of froufrou

C19: from French, of imitative origin

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