Definition of frippery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfrɪpəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪpəri//
[countable, usually plural, uncountable] (pl. fripperies) (disapproving, especially British English)
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objects, decorations and other items that are considered unnecessary and expensive spending money on fripperies She never wore perfume, considering it to be mere frippery. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting ‘old or second-hand clothes’): from French friperie, from Old French freperie, from frepe ‘rag’, of unknown ultimate origin.
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