Definition of frippery in English:



  • 1Showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language.

    • ‘She may be a reluctant participant in the political game, but her no-nonsense attitude, her distinct lack of frippery and her lively wit have already marked her out as a woman to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘The top layers of my skirt may be pure satin frippery, but the underskirt is tight.’
    • ‘And who among us knew that one of the tasks of a royal footman is not merely to stand about the place with a stern gaze and assorted frippery on his head?’
    • ‘I don't want to use the term basic, but there wasn't a lot of flashy frippery to get in the way of the good music.’
    • ‘Melvin found himself glad he had not allowed Grover to dress him up in all his formal frippery, opting instead for riding breeches and a plain lawn shirt.’
    • ‘Do not make the mistake of thinking this is mere frippery, for where there is ceremony, there is power.’
    • ‘But there in the middle of all this fanciness and frippery was this miserable, small, cold lump that, when cooked originally, had been burned.’
    • ‘There's a lot to be said for keeping things simple and direct without too much frippery.’
    • ‘But, like Mozart's music, Ozick's prose flirts with frippery.’
    • ‘Each item of frippery has been hand-crafted and restyled with only the best of our obscure finds and the finest embellishments.’
    • ‘‘It isn't frippery,’ Althia retorted, raising the book in front of her face to hide her smile once more.’
    • ‘You know, somewhere deep inside, that this pointless piece of frippery will find its way into your heart and your bathroom.’
    • ‘My heart leaps with joy as I haul out my winter frippery.’
    • ‘As each ‘perfect’ form emerged, frill fripperies were introduced and introduced to embellish and accentuate that desired shape.’
    • ‘Every type of panty, bra and female frippery imaginable was hanging in the breeze.’
    • ‘But peek behind the curtain, and you'll find there's a lot more going on here than just period frippery.’
    • ‘They're made from styrofoam balls, ribbon, pins, and other frippery.’
    • ‘There wasn't nearly as much frippery on Gideon's dress, she could inhabit that dress.’
    • ‘The trousseau had accompanied my mother on her sea journey from Scotland, a hopeless chest filled with the sort of frippery that quickly disintegrates in Africa.’
    • ‘Although indicative of his fondness for frippery, the quip also points to his lack of political insight.’
    ostentation, showiness, embellishment, ornamentation, ornament, adornment, decoration, trimming, garnishing, garnishment, gilding, beautification, prettification, gingerbread
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    1. 1.1 A tawdry or frivolous thing.
      • ‘It's somewhat sobering to think that the device that Galileo helped to develop and used to make his discoveries is essentially the same design as the instrument that Rob was so quick to tire of and deride as a toy, a frippery.’
      • ‘You obviously didn't need all these little fripperies living away from home.’
      • ‘Phone companies tend to advertise their wares with gloss about downloadable music, cruddy cameras and other such fripperies.’
      • ‘In other words, in a world emptied of inherited values, consuming what look to be overpriced fripperies may be preferable to consuming nothing.’
      • ‘At a time when the English stage trafficked in romantic fripperies, he awakened complacent audiences to a host of social ills abetted by conventional morality, bourgeois respectability, and ossified institutions.’
      • ‘He never had any time for such fripperies and actively discouraged us kids from wasting our pocket money in such a depraved manner.’
      • ‘Once a year I get to make a positive contribution to human society by spending too much money on fripperies for friends.’
      • ‘Throw his arcane fripperies to the hurricane winds!’
      • ‘So I ended up paying for the over-priced fripperies.’
      trinket, bauble, knick-knack, gewgaw, gimcrack, bibelot, furbelow, ornament, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, trifle, bagatelle
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Mid 16th century (denoting old or secondhand clothes): from French friperie, from Old French freperie, from frepe ‘rag’, of unknown ultimate origin.