Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A showy article of dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of ribbon, worn with streaming ends as an ornament in the seventeenth century.
  • n. Hence Any trifling ornament.
  • Finicking; foppish; trifling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The lady is a little upon the fallal; a little aunt Nellish; but I protest 1 love her, and reverence her brother.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • "I got a fly, thinking as you'd have some fallal or other on you; but, bless my heart, you could have walked in that gown," he said.

    Phoebe, Junior

  • --- I think there's been enough the day to gie an awfa 'warning about your cockups and your fallal duds --- see what they a' come to, '' etc.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I think there’s been enough the day to gie an awfa’ warning about your cockups and your fallal duds — see what they

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • -- I think there's been enough the day to gie an awfa 'warning about your cockups and your fallal duds -- see what they a' come to, "etc.etc. etc.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

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