[froo-froo] /ˈfruˌfru/

elaborate decoration, as frills, ribbons, or ruffles, especially on women’s clothing.
a rustling, particularly the rustling of silk, as in a woman’s dress.
a swishing sound, as made by a long silk dress
elaborate dress or ornamentation, esp worn by women


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    1870, “a rustling,” from French (19c.), possibly imitative of the rustling of a dress. Meaning “fussy details” is from 1876. noun 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]

  • Frousy

    [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+)

  • Frouzy

    [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.).

  • Frow

    [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).

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