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[noh-frilz] /ˈnoʊˌfrɪlz/
providing or including basic services and necessities without any additional features or amenities:
Food and beverages are not covered by the low no-frills air fare.
unadorned; simple; plain; spare:
a straightforward, no-frills package of health-care benefits.
Origin of no-frills
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for no-frills


offering only a basic service in order to keep costs low: a no-frills airline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for no-frills

1957, from no + frills. The expression no thrills meaning "without extra flourishes or ornamentation" is in use from 1870s; the original notion probably is of plain clothing.

Man with no frills (American) a plain person, a man without culture or refinement. An amiable term to express a vulgar fellow. [Albert Barrere and Charles G. Leland, "A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant," Ballantyne Press, 1890]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for no-frills



Restricted to the essentials; without frivolous ornamentation or flourishes: Imagine a no-frills warehouse crossed with an abattoir (1960+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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