frill

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
frill /frɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga trimming, such as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge;
    ruffle.
  2. something desirable but not essential:a car with frills like a CD player.
frill•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
frill  (fril),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Clothinga trimming, as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge and left loose at the other;
    ruffle.
  2. something resembling such a trimming, as the fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs.
  3. affectation of manner, style, etc.
  4. something superfluous.
  5. Photographywrinkling or loosening of an emulsion at the edges, usually due to excessively high temperature during developing.

v.t. 
  1. to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
  2. to form into a frill.

v.i. 
  1. Photography(of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.
friller, n. 
  • origin, originally uncertain 1585–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

frill /frɪl/ n
  1. a gathered, ruched, or pleated strip of cloth sewn on at one edge only, as on garments, as ornament, or to give extra body
  2. a ruff of hair or feathers around the neck of a dog or bird or a fold of skin around the neck of a reptile or amphibian
  3. (often plural) informal a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
vb
  1. (transitive) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
  2. to form into a frill or frills
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps of Flemish origin

ˈfrilliness n ˈfrilly adj



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