Archive for March, 2009



GA’IRISHNESS. n.s. [from gairish.]
I. Finery; flaunting gaudiness.
2. Flighty or extravagant joy.
Let your hope be without vanity, or garishness of spirit, but
sober, grave and silent. Taylor’s Rule of living holy.

FY. interj.


FY. interj. [fy, French and Flemish; Ø[eu], Greek; vah, Lat.]
A word of blame and disapprobation.
And fy on fortune, mine avowed foe,
Whose wrathful wreaks themselves do now allay. Fa. Queen.
Fy, my lord, fy! a soldier, and afraid? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to ac-
count? Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
A bawd, sir, fy upon him! Shakes. Measure for Measure.
But fy, my wand’ring muse, how thou do’st stray!
Expectance calls thee now another way. Milton.
Nay, fy, what mean you in this open place?
Unhand me, or, I swear, I’ll scratch your face:
Let go, for shame; you make me mad for spite:
My mouth’s my own; and if you kiss, I’ll bite. Dryden.
Fy, madam, he cried, we must be past all these gaieties.
Tatler, No. 54.



Furbelow | from ye Fr. falbalas
a piece of stuff plaited &
pucker’d together, eiyr below or
above on the petticoats or gowns
of women]. This, like a great
many of words, is the child
of mere caprice says Trev. Dict.



FRO’NTBOX. n.s. [front and box.] The box in the playhouse
from which there is a direct view to the stage.
How vain are all these glories, all our pains,
Unless good sense preserve what beauty gains!
That men may say, when we the frontbox grace,
Behold the first in virtue, as in face. Pope’s Rape of the Lock.



FRI’PPERER. n.s. [from frippier, French.] One who deals in
old things vamped up.



FRA’GMENTARY. adj. [from fragment.] Composed of frag-
ments. A word not elegant, nor in use.
She, she is gone; she’s gone: when thou know’st this,
What fragmentary rubbish this world is,
Thou know’st, and that it is not worth a thought;
He knows it too too much that thinks it nought.  Donne.



FOOLHA’PPY. adj. [fool and happy.] Lucky without contri-
vance or judgment.
As when a ship, that flies fair under sail,
An hidden rock escaped unawares,
That lay in wait her wreck for to bewail;
The mariner, yet half amazed, stares
At perils past, and yet in doubt ne dares
To joy at his foolhappy oversight. Fairy Queen, b.i.cant.6.



FLA’PDRAGON. n.s. [from a dragon supposed to breathe fire.]
I. A play in which they catch raisins out of burning brandy,
and, extinguishing them by closing the mouth, eat them.
2. The thing eaten at flapdragon.
He plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and
drinks candles ends for flapdragons, and rides the wild mare
with the boys. Shakespeare’s Henry IV. p. ii.

FI’NICAL. adj.


FI’NICAL. adj. [from fine.] Nice; foppish; pretending to
superfluous elegance.
A whorson, glassgazing, superserviceable, finical rogue.
Shakespeare’s King Lear.
I cannot hear a finical fop romancing, how the king took
him aside at such a time; what the queen said to him at an-
other. L’Estrange, Fable 34.



FI’DDLEFADDLE. n.s. [A cant word.] Trifles.
She said that their grandfather had a horse shot at Edgehill,
and their uncle was at the siege of Buda; with abundance of
fiddlefaddle of the same nature. Spectator, No. 299.