Definition of frilly in English:


Syllabification: frill·y
Pronunciation: /ˈfrilē

adjective (frillier, frilliest)

1Decorated with frills or similar ornamentation: a frilly apron
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  • Waitresses dress in costumes which recall the early days of London's first tearooms, when white frilly aprons were worn over black dresses, and white caps covered their hair.
  • Then I donned my pearls and frilly apron and concocted a delectable dinner of Mexican bread, mini-meat loaves and fresh green beans.
  • Mish was allowed to wear a frilly apron as a concession.
ruffled, flounced, frilled, crimped, ruched, trimmed, lacy, frothy;
fancy, ornate
informal fancy-dancy, fancy-schmancy
1.1Overelaborate or showy in character or style: seafood dishes that avoid being too frilly or rich
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  • As hard as she tried, Kayin couldn't picture him anywhere that wasn't frilly, rich, and perfect.
  • His performance in that film shows up the Randall version for what it really was - a prissy, frilly, silly version of a far more interesting and comic character.
  • It's too fancy, too frilly, too difficult to read.


(frillies) informal Back to top  
An item of women’s underwear.
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  • Ensconced on a giant rucksack, wearing camouflage paint, a helmet and some fetching pink frillies, Lydia's mum Jodie, agreed: ‘It's absolutely fantastic.’
  • The author and actress has travelled all over the country recounting tales about knickers and written books on the history of frillies.
  • Someone puts his red T-shirt in the wash with your pristine white pants and you suddenly find yourself weeping on the kitchen floor clutching a pair of pink frillies and cursing like a trawlerman.



Pronunciation: /ˈfrilēnis/
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  • There was no frilliness in Fleming Brown's classroom.
  • Many contemporary interiors dictate the use of stylised arrangements of flowers and foliage which lack frilliness and intricate detail.
  • In the 19th century in England simple medieval designs were reintroduced as a reaction to the frilliness of the design in the 1700s.

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