Pronounced: doo-BY-ih-tee (alt: dyoo-BY-ih-tee), noun

Notes: You might be able to guess the meaning of this word

Yesterday’s word

The word foofaraw means

  • a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant
  • an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, or on a building
First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

Our word sounded a bit familiar. Our word came about on the western frontier of the United States. However, further background is not known. One theory is that it comes from the Spanish word fanfarrón (braggart; boaster), which may have come from the Arabic word farfār (talkative). Another theory is that our word comes from the French word fanfaron, which has the same meaning as the Spanish word. Perhaps both words combined to create our word on the western frontier.

Published by Richard

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