folderol

noun
fol·de·rol | \ ˈfäl-də-ˌräl \
variants: or less commonly \ˈfal-də-ˌral \

Definition of folderol 

1 : a useless ornament or accessory : trifle

2 : nonsense

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Hogwash. Claptrap. Hooey. Drivel. Malarkey. English is rife with words that mean "nonsense," and "folderol" is one of the many. Though not the most common of the words for nonsense, it's been around since 1820 and is still heard today. "Folderol" comes from "fol-de-rol" (or "fal-de-ral"), which used to be a nonsense refrain in songs, much like "tra-la-la." The oldest recorded instance of someone "singing folderol" occurs in Irish dramatist George Farquhar's 1701 play Sir Harry Wildair, in which a character sings, "Fal, al, deral!"

Examples of folderol in a Sentence

I wish we could just discuss these questions without having to go through all the folderol of a formal meeting. wanted a dignified, simple wedding and not the folderol that the wedding planner was trying to foist on them

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Director Hong Chang-pyo juggles a myriad of concepts, characters and dynamics, plus bits of flashbacks, action and folderol. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Tonal confusion abounds in Korean romantic comedy 'The Princess and the Matchmaker'," 9 Mar. 2018 The first task of Super Bowl Sunday, as always, is to thrash through the 17 or so hours of pregame folderol on NBC, NFL Network and ESPN. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Breakdown of Super Bowl pregame broadcasts," 2 Feb. 2018 Soulier ties together all those odd arm and torso twists, the karate kicks, rolls and the rest of the brutal folderol through meticulous repetition, directional shifts and gestural phrases passed from one dancer to the next. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "In Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project program, the name to remember is Noé Soulier," 3 Nov. 2017 For all the folderol of who descended from whom and how many titles trail one's name, the noblest and the basest Thrones characters cannot be categorized by dynastic heritage. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones': Does it really matter if Jon Snow is a royal?," 24 Aug. 2017 There is, yes, too much ink spilled over the real jewels in it, the craftsmen who created it and so on, but without all that folderol she wouldn’t have gotten to its library. Carolyn Kellogg, latimes.com, "The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of folderol

circa 1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for folderol

fol-de-rol, a nonsense refrain in songs

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folderol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of folderol

: foolish language, behavior, or ideas

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