foofaraw

noun foo·fa·raw \ ˈfü-fə-ˌrȯ \
|Updated on: 1 Jun 2018

Definition of foofaraw

1 : frills and flashy finery
2 : a disturbance or to-do over a trifle : fuss

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Examples of foofaraw in a Sentence

  1. the foofaraw that accompanies any big wedding

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Foofaraw originates in the American West where it has been variously spelled as "fofaraw," "forfarraw," and "froufraw," among other spellings. In writings of the pioneer West, it names the frivolous trinkets, baubles, and gewgaws used in trade. Around the 1930s, the word's more common meaning of a fuss or brouhaha developed-probably from the to-do that showy foofaraw stirred up-and people began to settle on the spelling "foofaraw." Etymologists have speculated that this eye-catching word may have come about from a mishearing of Spanish fanfarrón, meaning "braggart" or "boaster." French froufrou, a word for the rustling of a woman's skirts or showy ornamentation, may have also influenced it, however. Another possible connection is the French expression fou faraud, meaning "foolish dandy."

Origin and Etymology of foofaraw

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