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Webster 1913 Edition


Frill

Frill

,
Verb.
T.
To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back. in crimped plaits;
as, to
frill
a cap
.

Frill

,
Noun.
[See
Frill
,
Verb.
I.
]
.
(Zool.)
(a)
A ruffing of a bird’s feathers from cold.
(b)
A ruffle, consisting of a fold of membrane, of hairs, or of feathers, around the neck of an animal.
See
Frilled lizard
(below).
(c)
A similar ruffle around the legs or other appendages of animals.
(d)
A ruffled varex or fold on certain shells.
2.
A border or edging secured at one edge and left free at the other, usually fluted or crimped like a very narrow flounce.

Webster 1828 Edition


Frill

FRILL

,
Noun.
[infra.] An edging of fine linen on the bosom of a shirt or other similar thing; a ruffle.

FRILL

, v.i.
To shake; to quake; to shiver as with cold; as, the hawk frills.

Definition 2022


frill

frill

English

Noun

frill (plural frills)

  1. A strip of pleated material used as decoration or trim; a ruffle.
  2. (photography) A wrinkled edge to a film.
  3. A luxury.
  4. Something extraneous added for effect.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter4:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. []  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.

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Verb

frill (third-person singular simple present frills, present participle frilling, simple past and past participle frilled)

  1. (transitive) To make into a frill.
  2. (intransitive) To become wrinkled.
  3. (transitive) To provide or decorate with a frill or frills; to turn back in crimped plaits.
    • Charles Dickens, Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
      Mrs. Sandham, formerly Kate Barford, is working at a baby's frock, and asking now and then the advice of her sister, who is frilling a little cap.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To shake or shiver as with cold.
    The hawk frills.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

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