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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIPPERY

The frippery of the island was dropped like the withes which bound Samson.

Frippery which would be discarded in England is often useful in India.

No, but like them I have learnt to rate all this frippery at its worth!

She was at Coronado again, in the sunshine and frippery of her sitting room.

This frippery has not only the girl's personality but her very spirit in it.

She takes no interest in anything but the frippery side of life.

His dynasty and his Empire were the frippery of a past time.

A heap of frippery, a handful of gems, a dish or two more on the table cannot give it.

His selfishness, his vanity, his idleness, his frippery were annulled in the instant.

You'll see I've used it legitimately—none of it's gone on frippery.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "old clothes, cast-off garments," from Middle French friperie "old clothes, an old clothes shop," from Old French freperie, feuperie "old rags, rubbish" (13c.), from frepe, feupe "fringe; rags, old clothes," from Late Latin faluppa "chip, splinter, straw, fiber." The notion is of "things worn down, clothes rubbed to rags." The ironic meaning "finery" (but with overtones of tawdriness) dates from 1630s.

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