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frill

[fril] /frɪl/
noun
1.
a trimming, as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge and left loose at the other; ruffle.
2.
something resembling such a trimming, as the fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs.
3.
affectation of manner, style, etc.
4.
something superfluous.
5.
Photography. wrinkling or loosening of an emulsion at the edges, usually due to excessively high temperature during developing.
verb (used with object)
6.
to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
7.
to form into a frill.
verb (used without object)
8.
Photography. (of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; origin uncertain
Related forms
friller, noun
unfrill, verb (used with object)
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  • Hollow filaments may have dissipated heat, much as the frills of some modern lizards do today.
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  • The school offers few frills in terms of electives and tends to stick to the basics in terms of extracurricular activities.
  • The program is so rich with human concern that the frills aren't missed.
  • No time is wasted on unnecessary frills or bombastic interpretations.
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British Dictionary definitions for frills

frill

/frɪl/
noun
1.
a gathered, ruched, or pleated strip of cloth sewn on at one edge only, as on garments, as ornament, or to give extra body
2.
a ruff of hair or feathers around the neck of a dog or bird or a fold of skin around the neck of a reptile or amphibian
3.
(often capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon having a ruff of curled feathers on the chest and crop Full name oriental frill
4.
(photog) a wrinkling or loosening of the emulsion at the edges of a negative or print
5.
(often pl) (informal) a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
verb
6.
(transitive) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
7.
to form into a frill or frills
8.
(intransitive) (photog) (of an emulsion) to develop a frill
Derived Forms
frilliness, noun
frilly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of Flemish origin
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Word Origin and History for frills
n.

"mere embellishments," 1893, often in negative constructions; earlier "affectation of dress or manner" (1845); see frill.

frill

n.

"wavy ornamental edging," 1801 (with a doubtful attestation from 1590s), of uncertain origin despite much speculation [see OED]; figurative sense of "useless ornament" first recorded 1893. The verb meaning "to furnish with a frill" is recorded in 1570s. Related: Frilled.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for frills

frill

noun

A woman, esp a young woman; frail (1920s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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