from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A phenomenon that becomes popular for a very short time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hobby ; freak; whim.
  • n. a practise followed enthusiastically by a number of people for a limited period of time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be busy with trifles.
  • n. A trivial fancy adopted and pursued for a time with irrational zeal; a matter of no importance, or an important matter imperfectly understood, taken up, and urged with more zeal than sense; a whim; a crotchet; a temporary hobby.
  • n. A person of whims; one who is difficult to please.
  • n. A bundle of straw.
  • n. A colored ball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an interest followed with exaggerated zeal


Possibly from fidfad, fussy person, fussy, from fiddle-faddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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