- cheap, gaudy clothes; tawdry finery
- showy display in dress, manners, speech, etc.; affectation of elegance
Origin of fripperyorigin, originally , castoff clothes from French friperie from Old French freperie from frepe, a rag from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Medieval Latin faluppa, a shaving, straw
- Pretentious, showy finery.
- Pretentious elegance; ostentation.
- Something trivial or nonessential.
Origin of fripperyFrench friperie from Old French freperie old clothes from felpe, frepe from Medieval Latin faluppa worthless material of unknown origin
(countable and uncountable, plural fripperies)
- Ostentation, as in fancy clothing.
- Useless things; trifles.
- 1892 Frederick Law Olmsted, "Report by F.L.O.", April 1892. Quoted in 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Random House, ISBN 0609608444, page 170:
- Hence: secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.