fichu

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French fichu.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fichu (plural fichus)

  1. A woman's lightweight triangular scarf worn over the shoulders and tied in front
    • 1789, The Ladies Magazine, January 1789, "Fashionable Dresses: The First Lady's Dress", page 55
      On the neck—an ample Fichu, very prominent, the point of which behind goes under the jacket and the ends before go under the stomacher
    • 1868 London Society, vol. XIII, "Fashion at Longchamps", page 407
      The fichu proper, introduced by Marie Antoinette, not before the décolletée style of toilette made it positively necessary, was nothing more than a lace kerchief worn crossed over the shoulders.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 93
      She wore a dress of filmy white stuff, embroidered with bunches of pale mauve thistles, a full fichu, and a large mauve hat with wide mauve ribbons, tied in front in a large knot where the fichu was crossed on her bosom.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 285:
      Assistant Van admired her elegant slenderness, the gray tailor-made suit, the smoky fichu and as it wafted away, her long white neck.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Past participle of ficher (various senses).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fichu m (plural fichus)

  1. (historical) fichu
  2. scarf, headscarf

AdjectiveEdit

fichu m (feminine fichue, masculine plural fichus, feminine plural fichues)

  1. (colloquial) lousy, rotten, hell of a
  2. (colloquial) done for
  3. (colloquial) put together, rigged out, got up

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GuernésiaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

fichu m (feminine fichue, masculine plural fichus, feminine plural fichues)

  1. blessed, wretched

AdverbEdit

fichu

  1. really
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