Meaning of folderol in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɒldərɒl/


(also falderal)
mass noun
  • 1Trivial or nonsensical fuss.

    ‘all the folderol of the athletic contests and the cheerleaders’
    • ‘Anatolians also carry out their tasks with no need for folderol.’
    • ‘The upcoming gala Golden Week respite from the daily folderol will put our publishing schedule into a cocked hat yet once again.’
    • ‘Stripped of arcane folderol, that's what the Electoral College amounts to.’
    • ‘He had limits to how much folderol he could stand.’
    • ‘No amount of folderol, flummery or flattery makes it easier to swallow.’
    • ‘Oh, by the way, Hill was censured by the Senate this week in a bit of parliamentary falderal.’
    • ‘Don't you be going on about all that metric folderol.’
    • ‘The cocktails parties were long sessions during which we talked about birds, especially terns, mixed with much folderol.’
    • ‘The folderol that followed was rather dismal, with angry conservative politicians threatening to reform the judiciary.’
    • ‘That kind of folderol is enough to make any reasonable person cringe.’
    • ‘Instead, the filmmakers contented themselves with piling on more of the same tired war movie folderol.’
    • ‘And frankly, all the foolish falderal from the Me Decade has long since dissolved into a conglomeration of good will.’
    • ‘Naturally, it's the really annoying kids who understand all the scientific falderal that saves the day.’
    • ‘Shows allowed the natural course of events to dictate their decisions, not some focus group falderal.’
    • ‘This stupid movie would have buried itself even without her fictional falderal influence.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
  • 2 dated A showy but useless item.

    ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toy


Early 18th century first used as a meaningless refrain in popular songs.