Etymology: Corruption of French fanfelue < medieval Latin famfalūca bubble, lie, apparently < Greek πομϕόλυξ bubble. Compare modern French fanfreluche.
A gewgaw, trifle, fantastic thing. Also Sc. ‘Any gaudy trapping in female dress,’ ‘a gaudily dressed female’ (Jamieson).
Etymology: < Italian gonfiat-o, past participle of gonfiare = French gonfler, < Latin conflāre, < con- together + flāre to blow.
trans. To puff up, cause to swell.
Etymology: Apparently < Scots ram-, intensifying prefix (see note and compare earlier ramgunshoch adj.) + a second element of uncertain origin (perhaps feeze v.2) + -le suffix 3 + -ed suffix1
Worn out, exhausted; confused, muddled.
rumfustian, n. (and adj.)Now hist.
A hot, spiced drink made of strong beer, white wine, gin, egg yolks, lemon juice, and sugar, popular during the 19th cent., originally among university students.
Etymology: < Latin septemfluus ( < septem seven + fluĕre to flow) + -ous suffix.
Flowing in seven streams.
intr. To go about with flapping garments. Of garments, etc., to flap, flutter (in the wind).