\ ˈkla-sē How to pronounce classy (audio) \
classier; classiest

Definition of classy

: having or showing class: such as
a : elegant, stylish a classy clientele a classy hotel
b : having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior a classy guy a classy gesture
c : admirably skillful and graceful a classy outfielder

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Other Words from classy

classiness noun

Examples of classy in a Sentence

the classiest nightclub in Madrid The spa boasts some very classy clients. Donating her salary bonus to charity was a really classy thing to do.
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But despite its reputation, tequila can be as classy and moderate as the rest of the liquor cabinet. Trevor Fraser,, "Celebrate National Tequila Day with twists on classic tastes," 24 July 2019 Ohio State’s kids are classy, great kids great coaching staff. Cliff Brunt, The Seattle Times, "Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years," 25 Mar. 2019 Besides the endless amount of fans who were quick to commend the Canadian pop star for being so charming and classy, Halsey also picked up on the kiss, as first noticed by Comments by Celebs. Joelle Goldstein,, "Shawn Mendes Charms the Internet by Letting a 'Little Angel' Fan Kiss Him at His Denver Concert," 4 July 2019 The company’s adorable semi-dressy Siren Wrap Q2 is feminine and classy yet engineered with durable outsole traction, shock absorption, and heel-centering technology for stability. Karen Campbell,, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019 Dinner choices are expected to be classy and elegant, organizers say, and the catered meals will offer a variety of options, with dietary restrictions in mind. Leeanne Griffin,, "‘Chic picnic’ Le Dîner en Blanc comes to Hartford for first time," 3 July 2019 His impressive, composed and classy performances have gone largely unnoticed, with the exception of Liverpool who were believed to be scouting the youngster., "Toby Alderweireld: 5 Potential Targets to Replace the Belgian Should He Leave Tottenham This Summer," 19 June 2019 Something about glass is just so much classier than plastic. Olivia Harrison,, "11 Irresistibly Chic Glass Water Bottles For Every Type Of Hydrator," 10 June 2019 She's always walked in the room with her head held high and demanded respect in a quiet and classy way. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Rita Moreno's Been Breaking the Mold for Longer Than You Know," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of classy

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for classy

see class entry 1

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The first known use of classy was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of classy

: having qualities that make someone or something special and attractive
: showing impressive character : very good, kind, etc.

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to shake or wave menacingly

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