verb \ˈfril\

Definition of FRILL

transitive verb
:  to provide or decorate with a frill

First Known Use of FRILL




: a strip of cloth that is gathered into folds on one edge and attached to something (such as clothing or curtains) as a decoration

: something that is added but is not necessary

Full Definition of FRILL

a :  a gathered, pleated, or bias-cut fabric edging used on clothing
b :  a strip of paper curled at one end and rolled to be slipped over the bone end (as of a chop) in serving
:  a ruff of hair or feathers or a bony or cartilaginous projection about the neck of an animal
a :  affectation, air —usually used in plural <intellectual frills and fustian — Joseph Epstein>
b :  something decorative or useful and desirable but not essential :  luxury
frilly \ˈfri-lē\ adjective

Examples of FRILL

  1. The dress had frills around the hem and sleeves.
  2. He likes plain food without any frills.

Origin of FRILL

perhaps from Dutch dialect (Brabant) frul ribbon bow, trifle
First Known Use: 1591

Other Food Terms

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FRILLY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈfril\

Definition of FRILL for Kids

:  2ruffle
:  something added mostly for show <The food was plain without any frills.>


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