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[fril-ee] /ˈfrɪl i/
adjective, frillier, frilliest.
covered with or marked by frills:
Some of the more elaborate dress shirts have frilly fronts.
frivolous; inconsequential:
After a day of intense concentration and serious business, they feel like doing something frilly and amusing.
Origin of frilly
1835-45; frill + -y1
Related forms
frilliness, noun
unfrilly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Elena was lying on her bed in a frilly, lacy, clinging thing of rose tint.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • The slices of ham he cuts—they never do have frilly looks with holes in between.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • The small iron bed was hidden by a canopy of frilly lace and a coverlet of transparent, delicate mull with an underslip of blue.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • Not the kind you have on note-paper, but a frilly thing on his head.

    Robin's Rambles May Byron
  • In the shade of the hood, with the frilly clothes, it seemed to him lying with its head downhill.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
Word Origin and History for frilly

1843, from frill + -y (2). Related: Frilliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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