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First attested in the 1930s, of uncertain origin.



foofaraw (plural foofaraws)

  1. Overly excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
  2. Fuss over something of little importance.
    • 2013 October 13, Erik Adams, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Lisa’s Wedding” (season six, episode 19; originally aired 3/19/1995)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Yes, there’s a romance at the center of the episode, though it’s just as much of a red herring as the layers of futuristic foofaraw.


  • 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.