1A piece of frippery or finery; a showy article of dress or personal adornment. Chiefly in plural.
2In extended use: a frivolous or unnecessary addition or embellishment.
3British dialect Affectation or pretentiousness in manner; (more generally) fuss, rigmarole.
Early 18th century. A reduplicative formation (with variation of the initial consonant) of uncertain origin.
To trifle, dally; to waste time in trifling activity. Also (occasionally) with object: to fuss over, make a fuss of; to bestow trifles upon.
Early 19th century. From fal-lal.