fangle

1 of 2

noun

fan·​gle
ˈfaŋgəl,
ˈfaiŋ-
plural -s
1
: a fashion especially when foppish or silly
used with new and usually derogatorily
2
obsolete : a silly or fantastic contrivance : gewgaw, gaud

fangle

2 of 2

transitive verb

"
-ed/-ing/-s
now dialectal
: fashion, dress : deck out

Word History

Etymology

Noun

probably from newfangle, adjective

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“Fangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fangle. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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