\ ˈdre-sē How to pronounce dressy (audio) \
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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dressiness noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Blazers are rather dressy solid color jackets, either single- or double-breasted and usually navy. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Blazers and sport coats/jackets are not the same thing," 4 Jan. 2021 Still, if a man enjoys making a dressy statement, then a French cuff shirt and tasteful cuff links could be a subtle way to do so. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: It's all in details for impressing those in business settings," 13 Dec. 2020 His glamorous wife opted for the dressy combination of a Saks Potts croc-stamped patent leather trench, a mustard suede hobo-bag from By Far, and a pair of beige flairs from Dries van Noten alum Meryll Rogge’s new collection. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Step Out in Couple’s Khaki," 20 Nov. 2020 The low heels of the pumps made this look dressy, but not too outrageous with the side-slit. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Chanel Pumps and Not Look Like 'Emily in Paris'," 21 Oct. 2020 Kylie collections, this drop is crazy affordable and super f*cking cute, hitting on all your fall-during-coronavirus trends, like tie-dye loungewear, dressy denim, and a whooole bunch of T-shirts. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Dropped An Amazon Collection and Every Item Comes With a Free Face Mask," 19 Oct. 2020 What makes a football game such a dressy occasion down here? Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Everything we’ll miss most about tailgating at Alabama in 2020," 2 Oct. 2020 Sevigny and Mackovic grabbed smoothies together in Manhattan on Sunday, and their weekend fits were both dressy and modern. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny and Sinisa Mackovic Are the Ultimate Cool Parents," 28 Sep. 2020 Rachel Brosnahan wore a pink and blue PJ set from Christy Rilling that was about as dressy and chic as loungewear can be. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The 2020 Emmys Turned Out to Be Glam After All," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dressy

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dressy was in 1768

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9 Jan 2021

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“Dressy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressy. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce dressy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dressy

: suitable for formal events
: requiring fancy or formal clothes
: liking to wear fancy or formal clothes


\ ˈdre-sē How to pronounce dressy (audio) \
dressier; dressiest

Kids Definition of dressy

1 : requiring fancy clothes a dressy event
2 : proper for formal events dressy clothes

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