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Fríppery. n.s. [fripperie, French; fripperia, Italian.]

  1. The place where old cloaths are sold.

    Oh, oh, monster, we know what belongs to a frippery. Shakespeare's Tempest.

    Lurana is a frippery of bankrupts, who fly thither from Druina to play their after-game. Howel's Vocal Forrest.

  2. Old cloaths; cast dresses; tattered rags.

    Poor poet ape, that would be thought our chief,
    Whose works are e'en the frippery of wit;
    From brocage is become so bold a thief,
    As we, the robb'd, leave rage, and pity it.
    Ben. Johnson.

    The fighting-place now seamens rage supply,
    And all the tackling is a frippery.

    Ragfair is a place near the Tower of London, where old cloaths and frippery are sold. Notes to Pope's Dunciad.

Sources: Donne, John (44) · Howell, James (14) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

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