Definitions

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

  • n. Fussy or showy dress or ornamentation.
  • n. A rustling sound, as of silk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of frou-frou.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rustling, esp. the rustling of a woman's dress.
  • n. showy or frilly ornamentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rustling, particularly the rustling of silk, as in a woman's dress: as, the silken frou-frou of her movements.

Etymologies

French, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Their immaculate socks with the separate great toes make no noise; nothing is heard, as they glide by, but a 'froufrou' of silken stuffs.

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  • Mr. Valli, who started his line in ready-to-wear six years ago after designing for Emanuel Ungaro , played a part, creating froufrou confections for society women.

    Couture Awakens to Dreamy Looks

  • Aesthetically, the resulting works lie halfway between Victorian froufrou and the obsessive-compulsive artwork produced by the mentally challenged.

    Book Review: This Is For You : Scrubbles.net

  • I hope you love this pasta dish -- it's quick, delicious and earth-friendly, using every bit of the cauliflower, no froufrou florets, no waste.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: A New Year's Resolution of Biblical Proportions

  • Gladioli timesThe gladioli has a tendency towards the frilly and the froufrou, but lots are delicate and there is still time to plant them for late summer spires of colour.

    In the garden this week: Net fruit bushes, plus gladioli times

  • No amount of strapless dresses or froufrou fashion would convince Ava to just shake hands and leave it all behind us, and I would never admit defeat to her.

    FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF

  • According to John Richardson's book, Sacred Monsters, Sacred Masters, she disdained the fin-de-siecle froufrou (dust cathers, to be sure) and maintained a low-key style, whose principle was "Elegance is elimination."

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  • It also has a sharp and witty script, which is surprising since it was written by the same guy responsible for the froufrou Last of Mrs. Cheyney.

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  • Thus, the bride, out of sheer exhaustion, timidity, lack of self-confidence or maybe even a dearth of imagination, resorts to the fallback concept of "tradition" and goes for the full-on froufrou bells-and-whistles approach.

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  • Teutonic rigor and restraint are touchstones of German furniture and auto design, but all too often the country's fashion tends inexplicably toward the froufrou.

    Dressed To Recess

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  • French, for the rustling of silk.

    January 14, 2007