1870, “a rustling,” from French (19c.), possibly imitative of the rustling of a dress. Meaning “fussy details” is from 1876.
Frilly dress and adornment; frivolous bedizenment: Is that what you want in a girl, chi-chi, frou-frou, fancy clothes, permanent waves?
[1870+; fr French, imitative of the rustling of silk]
[frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/ adjective, frousier, frousiest. 1. . [frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/ adjective, frowsier, frowsiest. 1. . noun A slovenly, unkempt woman: a few frowsies in skirts (1900+)
[frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/ adjective, frouzier, frouziest. 1. . [frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/ adjective, frowzier, frowziest. 1. dirty and untidy; slovenly. 2. ill-smelling; musty. /ˈfraʊzɪ/ adjective frowzier, frowziest, frouzier, frouziest, frowsier, frowsiest 1. untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby 2. ill-smelling; frowsty adj. also frowsy, 1680s, possibly related to dialectal frowsty (q.v.).
[froh] /froʊ/ noun 1. a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it. /frəʊ/ noun 1. a variant spelling of froe n. “Dutchwoman,” late 14c., from Middle Dutch vrouwe (Dutch vrow), cognate with German Frau (see frau).
[froh-werd, froh-erd] /ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd/ adjective 1. willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one’s froward, intractable child. [froh-werd, froh-erd] /ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd/ noun 1. Cape, a cape in S Chile, on the Strait of Magellan: southernmost point of mainland South America. /ˈfrəʊəd/ adjective 1. (archaic) obstinate; contrary adv. Old English […]