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A useless or purely ornamental thing.‘a solo with no end of shakes and trills and fandangles’
ostentation, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, fanciness, fuss, chichi, garnishing, garnishment, gilding, excessView synonyms
- ‘I started at Soda, and almost immediately got thrown into a flat-buying fandangle, where all my spare money went into saving up for a deposit on the flat.’
- ‘Well it all started off with old Gaybo looking slightly confused and out-of-step with the new fandangle toys which adorned the Late Late Show's set some years back.’
- ‘‘Balancing’ an online sample by using census figures of the entire U.S. is - to put it euphemistically - a fandangle.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from fandango, influenced by newfangle.
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