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1870, "a rustling," from French (19c.), possibly imitative of the rustling of a dress. Meaning "fussy details" is from 1876.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Related Words for frou-frou

garish, splashy, ostentatious, brilliant, jazzy, flashy, snazzy, showy, gross, gay, pizzazz, chichi, crude, tinsel, screaming, blatant, brazen, chintzy, coarse, florid

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Historical Examples of frou-frou

  • Frou-frou, who stands for her, is not in the least the true type.

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida


  • Frou-frou is a creature that can love, can suffer, can repent, can die.

  • But Frou-frou is in no sense the true Femme Galante of her day.

  • But before we left him he insisted that we should sit through his favourite "Frou-Frou."

  • We can almost hear the frou-frou of their garments in his pictures.


    C. Lewis Hind