frilly

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Etymology[edit]

From frill +‎ -y.

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frilly (comparative frillier, superlative frilliest)

  1. Having frills; frilled.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      In scented, frilly boutiques that she seemed to find by instinct, they exchanged her battered wardrobe for fur capes and Anna Karenina riding boots that slithered on the frosty cobble, and Pym's dismal school habit for a leather jacket and trousers without buttons for his braces.
  2. Over-elaborate or showy in character or appearance.

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