foofaraw

EnglishEdit

WOTD – 15 December 2013

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

First attested in the 1930s, of uncertain origin.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

foofaraw (plural foofaraws)

  1. Overly excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
  2. Fuss over something of little importance.

QuotationsEdit

  • 1944, Time, volume 44, page 15:
    The thumping bands, the badges, the pretty girls and all the time-honored foofaraw failed to charge up the Republican batteries to the sparking point. The great engine just would not turn over — at the start.
Last modified on 15 December 2013, at 20:51