- a fold of skin around the neck of a reptile, a fringe of feathers around the neck of a bird, etc.
- any unnecessary ornament; superfluous thing added for show
- an edging or trimming of lace, etc., gathered or pleated and attached along one edge but free at the other; ruffle
- Photog. a wrinkling of the edge of a film, plate, etc.
Origin of frill; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to make a ruffle of; crimp
- to decorate with a frill
Photog. to become wrinkled, as a film, due to a separation of the emulsion from the base
- A ruffled, gathered, or pleated border or projection, such as a fabric edge used to trim clothing.
- A projection as of hair, feathers, bone, or cartilage, about the neck of an animal.
- A wrinkling of the edge of a photographic film.
- Informal Something that is desirable but not a necessity; a luxury. See Synonyms at luxury.
verbfrilled, frill·ing, frills
- To make into a ruffle or frill.
- To add a ruffle or frill to.
To become wrinkled along the edge.
Origin of frillOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present frills, present participle frilling, simple past and past participle frilled)
- To make something into a frill.
- To become wrinkled.
- To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back in crimped plaits.
- to frill a cap
- To shake or shiver as with cold.
- The hawk frills.