Broken and useless; no longer working or effective.
Taken from the German kaputt, in turn from French (être) capot meaning to (be) without tricks in a card game.
“The entire system is kaput, it needs rethinking right from the beginning.”
“Damn, the car is kaput and I can’t afford to replace it right now.”
Affectedly dainty behaviour, primness: Speaking in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.
First used in the mid eighteenth century and attributed to David Garrick (1717–1779), actor and playwright mimping has fallen out of use and is now considered archaic.
Trivial or nonsensical fuss: A showy but useless item.
Originally used as a meaningless refrain in popular songs Charles Dickens used the term in his Sketches By Boz: “Smuggins, after a considerable quantity of coughing by way of symphony, and a most facetious sniff or two, which afford general delight, sings a comic song, with a fal-de-ral — tol-de-ral.”