macaroni
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /mak.əˈɹəʊ.ni/
  • (America) enPR: măk'ə-rōʹnē, IPA: /ˌmækəˈɹoʊni/
Noun

macaroni

  1. (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tubes; sometimes loosely, pasta in general. [from 17th c.]
  2. (pejorative, historical) A fop, a dandy; especially a young man in the 18th century who had travelled in Europe and who dressed and often spoke in an ostentatiously affected Continental manner. [from 17th c.]
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      Delicate lace ruffles fell over the lean yellow hands that were so overladen with rings. He had been a macaroni of the eighteenth century, and the friend, in his youth, of Lord Ferrars.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      A small, noisy party of Fops, Macaronis, or Lunarians,—it is difficult quite to distinguish which,—has been working its way up the street.
Synonyms
  • (fop) seeSynonyms en
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