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[fraw-thee, froth-ee] /ˈfrɔ θi, ˈfrɒθ i/
adjective, frothier, frothiest.
of, like, or having froth; foamy.
unsubstantial; trifling; shallow; empty.
Origin of frothy
1525-35; froth + -y1
Related forms
frothily, adverb
frothiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I beg your pardon,” said I, “if I was frothy and conceited, it ill becomes a child like me to be so.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • There was a frothy, many-coloured effervescence of oil and water.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • Place the bowl in hot water and stir till smooth and frothy.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • The porter was frothy and cool, and the port-wine was worthy of the gills of a bishop.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • When Annies cup was ready, brimful and frothy, and looking as tempting as it could, she brought it to her with a biscuit.

Word Origin and History for frothy

1530s, from froth + -y (2). Related: Frothiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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