from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Foolish quality or action.
- n. The dress or manner of a fop.
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- n. The dress or actions of a fop
- n. Stupidity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The behavior, dress, or other indication of a fop; coxcombry; affectation of show; showy folly.
- n. Folly; foolery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Foolishness; foolery; foolish vanity; vain show.
- n. A foolish or mocking exhibition.
- n. Vain ornaments; gewgaws.
- n. Affectation of precision in trifles, or fastidious observance of the prevailing fashion; dandyism: as, the foppery of dress or of manners.
- Foppish; foolish.
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I can tell you without a doubt … I’d allow myself to be staked out on top of a fire ant pile for three days before I’d have appeared at this sycophantic exercise in foppery, irrelevance and pathetic grandstanding!
The descriptions are "high-falutin" beyond all endurance, and there is particularly noticeable a kind of stylistic foppery, which is always hovering between sublimity and a giggle.
From a kind of foppery peculiar to himself, he wears the thick cloak of a common soldier.
Edmund's speech, where the word "foppery" is a special clue:
He was handsome, and he knew that he was handsome; but he affected to despise the beauty of his proud dark face, as he affected to despise all the brightest and most beautiful things upon earth: and yet there was a vagabondish kind of foppery in his costume that contrasted sharply with the gentlemanly dandyism of the shabby gamester sitting at the table.
This "foppery" of Shakespeare's day had, then, its really delightful side, a quality in no sense "affected," by which it satisfies a real instinct in our minds -- the fancy so many of us have for an exquisite and curious skill in the use of words.
a kind of foppery peculiar to himself, he wears the thick cloak of a common soldier.
'foppery' was a sufficient argument for detesting it.
“I thought 'foppery' was a consequence of refinement
So, clad in a pair of homemade "shants," flip-flops, and my only concession to foppery a canvas bag from Rivendell, I grabbed the Ticino and set out looking like the miserable aftermath of a collision between "cycle chic" and Mugatu's "Derelicte."