\ˈdre-sē \
dressier; dressiest

Definition of dressy 

1 : showy in dress

2 : stylish, smart dressy clothes

3 : requiring or characterized by fancy or formal dress a dressy affair

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Other Words from dressy

dressiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dressy


dress, formal


casual, informal, sportif, sporty

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Examples of dressy in a Sentence

Those shoes are so dressy, I rarely wear them. She wore an outfit that was much too dressy for the occasion.

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The startup label has built a loyal following for their unique take on dressy business-casual clothes: office attire upgraded to be sweat-wicking, odor-reducing, and ultra-stretchy. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 25 Apr. 2018 The 23-year-old posted a video to Instagram with burgeoning Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB still in their dressy attire, previewing an unreleased collaboration between the pair of rising stars. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert Teases Unreleased Collaboration With BlocBoy JB in Hilarious Dancing Video," 25 June 2018 Your wardrobe is to be determined but will probably be dressy casual attire. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking extras," 8 June 2018 Weinbrenner said participants were shown mannequins dressed in varying levels of formality from a very dressy suit and tie all the way down to jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dressing for work no longer means 'dressing up' for work," 4 May 2018 As previous Zoo-To-Do partygoers can tell you, the weather can be tricky this time of year, as the rain and humidity can take a toll on white linen suits, tuxedos and dressy cocktail attire. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Whitney Zoo-To-Do roars into the spring social scene," 24 May 2018 The fancy texture makes them dressy enough for work — or even formal events — but the slip-on style makes them insanely easy to wear. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "11 Pretty Satin Flats for Spring," 2 May 2018 But nowadays velvet slippers are as dressy as lace-ups, and a bottle-green blazer gives a thoughtful and considerate zillionaire vibe. Nick Marino, GQ, "Project Upgrade: Dolce & Gabbana Bring Sexy Back," 12 Jan. 2018 The star earring is one of the happiest pieces of the season–it can be worn day-to-night, dressy or casual. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Weekend With Jennifer Fisher," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dressy

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near dressy

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The first known use of dressy was in 1768

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English Language Learners Definition of dressy

: suitable for formal events

: requiring fancy or formal clothes

: liking to wear fancy or formal clothes


\ˈdre-sē \
dressier; dressiest

Kids Definition of dressy

1 : requiring fancy clothes a dressy event

2 : proper for formal events dressy clothes

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