Definition of frou-frou in English:



mass noun
  • Frills or other ornamentation, particularly of women's clothes.

    as modifier ‘a little frou-frou skirt’
    • ‘It is expected not only to prove that a historical subject can connect to a internet-savvy audience, but start a new revolution in fashion, bringing back the frou-frous of the 18th century.’
    • ‘A stupid frou-frou bow in her black wig makes her look like a primped pedigree puppy.’
    • ‘When they're not diving headlong into unknown waters, they're busy cranking out straightforward country rock ballads whose lack of imagination isn't at all disguised by overt electronic frou-frou.’
    • ‘Tuxedo-clad waiters brought champagne and frou-frou hors d' oeuvres to the thousand guests sprawled throughout the grounds.’
    • ‘Do not expect, however, to see a neatly groomed canine on a leash, but rather, watch out for a sugar-and-spice type two-legged female dressed in pink frou-frou and a giant pom-pom on her head!’
    • ‘I proceed down the stairs where neatly stacked frou-frou stilettos and sturdy Dr Marten boots sit on each step, past the well-stocked wine cellar and into the chic rustic minimalism of the kitchen.’
    • ‘Yet such neo-traditionalist frou-frou has no place in mid-century homes, no matter how drastically revamped.’
    • ‘Hanging directly above the front counter area is a sign that reads bluntly ‘Be nice or leave’ complete with hand painted mauve flowers and cute little frou-frous around the edge.’
    • ‘This time it was all wood panelling, chandeliers, frou-frou flower displays, bow-ties and aperitifs in the conservatory.’
    • ‘You have a knack for being unusual Andy; I don't think some frou-frou lessons that teach you how to chill a salad fork will change that.’
    • ‘It's a heart-shaped layer cake, with pink frosting and frou-frou Valentine-y decorations, and it is served by hacking it in two with a cleaver.’
    • ‘The rooms are filled with frou-frou frills, flowery saucers used as ashtrays, china figurines and over-gilded frames.’
    • ‘So this from Carolina Herrera is just the real classic white top and black skirt, nothing too frou-frou or fancy.’
    • ‘Avoid using tables to put borders or other frou-frou on the screen.’
    • ‘Make frou-frou desserts with those cherries on top or, just serve the cherries alone.’
    • ‘We were seated by the window in a dining room that borders on frou-frou, but nonetheless maintains an elegant feel.’
    • ‘It's draped in bunting and bedecked with country frou-frous.’
    • ‘There's an excess of flounces and frou-frou as swirling skirts, bangles, baubles, ribbons and bow trims come out to play.’
    • ‘If DVD companies are looking for a way to make film enthusiasts happy, they can do away with all the excess publicity-piece frou-frou and provide a digital copy of the film along with the standard ‘cinematic’ version.’
    • ‘You hate styles that are high maintenance or border on the frou-frou.’
    decoration, trim, ornamentation, adornment, passementerie, embroidery
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Late 19th century: from French, imitative of the sound of a woman walking in a dress.