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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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Examples from the web for frilly
  • He never danced or joked much, and he dressed frumpily and simply in an era of frilly pomp.
  • We couldn't stop snickering about those frilly, girly shoes.
  • Outdoor furniture and accessories for the gardener who is more arty than frilly.
  • From snake-stomping birds to frilly lizards, animals have some odd adaptations.
  • Producing that enormous, frilly inflorescence takes a lot of effort.
  • The band was flanked by two skeletons dressed in frilly ball gowns.
  • Using festive frilly toothpicks, skewer one green and one red tortellini on each pick.
  • Do not wear frilly, long-sleeved, or loose fitting clothing while cooking.
Word Origin and History for frilly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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