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FANTOOSH, adj., n., v. Also fantoush. [fɑn′tu:ʃ]

I. adj. Over-dressed, over-ornamented; flashy, showy; ultra-fashionable (wm.Sc. 1920; Rs., Abd., m. and s.Sc. 1951). Hence fantoosherie, fuss, pretentiousness, “swank.” Ags. 1947 People's Journal (29 Nov.):
There are quite a number who consider it more fantoosh to do their shopping in Perth.
Sc. 1948 Bulletin (29 June):
A fantoush card from the Ministry of Fuel and Power.
wm.Sc. 1949 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 366:
When he tried sangwiches an' fantoosh cakes ye never kent what the end would be.
Gsw. 1951 H. W. Pryde M. McFlannel's Romance 135:
They asked us a' doon to Kilmacolm, but Ah knew fine you couldnae be bothered wi' a' thon fantoosherie.

II. n. An over-dressed person (Slg.3 1930).

III. v. Only in ppl.adj. fantooshed, flashily dressed (Ib.).

[The word seems to have been coined during the 1914–18 War under the influence of colloq. or dial. Eng. fanty-sheeny, n., adj., a marionette, showy, fanciful, ad. It. fantoccino, a puppet. Cf. Fr. fantoche, n., id.]

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