1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.
“Don’t set your heart on any more such foofaraw ,” the captain warned her.
— Stephen Harrigan , The Gates of the Alamo , 2000
People in this country are more determined than ever not to get snookered into another foreign foofaraw.
— Peter Quinn , The Hour of the Cat , 2005
The origin of foofaraw is uncertain, but it may be related to the French word fanfaron meaning “boastful.” It entered English in the 1930s.