frilly

[fril-ee]
adjective, frillier, frilliest.
1.
covered with or marked by frills: Some of the more elaborate dress shirts have frilly fronts.
2.
frivolous; inconsequential: After a day of intense concentration and serious business, they feel like doing something frilly and amusing.

Origin:
1835–45; frill + -y1

frilliness, noun
unfrilly, adjective
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frill (frɪl)
 
n
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) Full name: oriental frill a variety of domestic fancy pigeon having a ruff of curled feathers on the chest and crop
4.  photog a wrinkling or loosening of the emulsion at the edges of a negative or print
5.  informal (often plural) a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
 
vb
6.  (tr) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
7.  to form into a frill or frills
8.  (intr) photog (of an emulsion) to develop a frill
 
[C14: perhaps of Flemish origin]
 
'frilliness
 
n
 
'frilly
 
adj

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frilly
1843, from frill + -y (2). Related: Frilliness.
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Example sentences
He never danced or joked much, and he dressed frumpily and simply in an era of frilly pomp.
From snake-stomping birds to frilly lizards, animals have some odd adaptations.
Producing that enormous, frilly inflorescence takes a lot of effort.
Using festive frilly toothpicks, skewer one green and one red tortellini on each pick.
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