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

  • n. Pretentious, showy finery.
  • n. Pretentious elegance; ostentation.
  • n. Something trivial or nonessential.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ostentation, as in fancy clothing.
  • n. Useless things; trifles.
  • n. Cast-off clothes.
  • n. The trade or traffic in old clothes.
  • n. The place where old clothes are sold.
  • n. Hence: secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Trifling; contemptible.
  • n. Coast-off clothes.
  • n. Hence: Secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.
  • n. A place where old clothes are sold.
  • n. The trade or traffic in old clothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Trade or traffic in old clothes.
  • n. A place where old clothes are sold.
  • n. Old clothes; cast-off garments; clothing discarded after wearing.
  • n. Hence Worthless or useless trifles; trumpery; gewgaws.
  • Trifling; frivolous; contemptible; trumpery.

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

  • n. something of little value or significance


French friperie, from Old French freperie, old clothes, from felpe, frepe, from Medieval Latin faluppa, worthless material.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French friperie. From Old French fripierĀ ("to rub up and down, to wear into rags"). Compare fripper. (Wiktionary)


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  • From OED:
    d. fig. Empty display, esp. in speech or literary composition; showy talk; ostentation.

    June 8, 2009

  • "WHEREAS For damage caused by lightning, earthquakes, floods, fire, frost or frippery of any sort, kind or condition, consequently the undersigned take responsibility."

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  • I've always thought of this as a noun, and not as a legitimate adjective.

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  • This can mean a lot, but I like it for describing someone or someone's manners/dress when writing.

    showy; gaudy; nonessential, trivial

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