WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
frill /frɪl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
frill•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est.
- Clothinga trimming, such as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge;
- something desirable but not essential:a car with frills like a CD player.
(fril),USA pronunciation n.
- Clothinga trimming, as a strip of cloth or lace, gathered at one edge and left loose at the other;
- something resembling such a trimming, as the fringe of hair on the chest of some dogs.
- affectation of manner, style, etc.
- something superfluous.
- Photographywrinkling or loosening of an emulsion at the edges, usually due to excessively high temperature during developing.
- to trim or ornament with a frill or frills.
- to form into a frill.
- Photography(of an emulsion) to become wrinkled or loose.
- origin, originally uncertain 1585–95
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
frill /frɪl/ n
- a gathered, ruched, or pleated strip of cloth sewn on at one edge only, as on garments, as ornament, or to give extra body
- 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
- (often plural) informal a superfluous or pretentious thing or manner; affectation: he made a plain speech with no frills
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps of Flemish originˈfrilliness n ˈfrilly adj
- (transitive) to adorn or fit with a frill or frills
- to form into a frill or frills
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