definition of fringy by The Free Dictionary





1. A decorative border or edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band.

2. Something that resembles such a border or edging.

3. A marginal, peripheral, or secondary part: “They like to hang out on the geographical fringes, the seedy outposts” (James Atlas).

4. Those members of a group or political party holding extreme views: the lunatic fringe.

5. Any of the light or dark bands produced by the diffraction or interference of light.

6. A fringe benefit.

tr.v. fringed, fring·ing, fring·es

1. To decorate with or as if with a fringe: The weaver fringed the edge of the scarf.

2. To serve as a fringe to: Ferns fringed the pool.

[Middle English frenge, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, alteration of Late Latin fimbria; see fimbria.]

fring′y adj.

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adj, -gier or -giest

resembling a fringehaving a fringe or fringes

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Adj. 1. fringy - at or constituting a border or edgefringy – at or constituting a border or edge; “the marginal strip of beach”

peripheral – on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area; “Russia’s peripheral provinces”; “peripheral suburbs”

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