Definitions

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

  • n. Excessive or flashy ornamentation.
  • n. A fuss over a trifling matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Overly excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
  • n. A fuss over something of little importance.

Etymologies

Probably from Spanish fanfarrón, boaster; see fanfaronade, and from French frou-frou, rustling (of imitative origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A related foofaraw is that there are more important things to spend money on than the arts.

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  • That’s what this whole foofaraw is really about, isn’t it?

    Waldo Jaquith - Connect the dots.

  • The foofaraw is a bit like the noise created by dimestore prophets as they made their forecasts about the new millennium.

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  • I've been watching all the Jackson foofaraw out of the corner of my eye with mild alarm.

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  • My beater is a Win. 67, given to me by a brother-in-law in 1952, no frills or foofaraw, or scope, just a very dependable single shot .22 that I have killed hundreds of squirrels and rabbits with, and wouldn't trade it for a boat load of tricked-out 10/22s.

    Trigger Happy

  • There seems to be a foofaraw boiling over Superman and his recent decision in Wednesday's Action Comics #900 to renounce his American citizenship.

    Bryan Young: Superman Renounces His American Citizenship

  • Still, interesting as the nature of the island's electromagnetic vortex, the Smoke Monster's identity, the aims of the Dharma Initiative, the meaning of the Numbers and all the rest of the intellectual foofaraw are, not to mention the neo-psychedelic trippiness of the show, what keeps me watching is the fate of the characters.

    Lost In Lost

  • "This idiotic foofaraw could be a distraction only if the GOP rank-and-file actually cared more about the size of government than the cultural politics of American identity," he replies.

    Why are Republicans turning an easy win into a complicated one?

  • (The Wall Street Journal site, which, it should be noted, has never given away its content for free, has more than a half-dozen lines of foofaraw before a reader is granted a story headline.)

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  • I took advantage of my powerful new perch and published all my letters to the editor that NEWSWEEK had rejected, provided my Conventional Wisdom, took a red pencil to Meacham's editorial foofaraw and took the bias out of the columnist bios.

    Why I Took This Crummy Job

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  • Now here’s the funny thing, something that I believed back during the foofaraw over the Boston edition of Macworld Expo, and something that I still believe: Macworld Expo as an idea would be better off without Apple.

    Jason Snell

    December 17, 2008

  • This has to be one of the best words ever invented. And it doesn't even matter if it has a meaning.

    February 2, 2007

  • Definition: (noun) 1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
    2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.

    January 19, 2007