Frippery Frip"per*y, n. [F. friperie, fr. fruper. See {Fripper}.] 1. Coast-off clothes. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance. [1913 Webster]

Fond of gauze and French frippery. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The gauzy frippery of a French translation. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. A place where old clothes are sold. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The trade or traffic in old clothes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • frippery — UK [ˈfrɪpərɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms frippery : singular frippery plural fripperies something useless but attractive or enjoyable …   English dictionary

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