Definition of frilly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪli/

adjective (frillier, frilliest)

1Decorated with frills: 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.
1.1Over-elaborate 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.

plural noun

(frillies) informal
Women’s underwear.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with frilly

Billie, billy, Chile, chilli (US chili), chilly, Dili, dilly, filly, ghillie, gillie, Gilly, hilly, Lillee, lily, Lyly, papillae, Philly, Piccadilly, piccalilli, silly, skilly, stilly, Tilly, willy-nilly

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