\ 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

Other Words from dressy

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 So there has been a huge demand for occasion wear, things which are very dressy and opulent. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2021 Below, more stars who have nailed the dressy puffer coat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2021 Maybe that’s why Christie, who also designed the costumes, has oddly given Lenk plain white sneakers to wear with her dressy scarlet pantsuit. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 San Francisco used to be a dressy kind of place, but style seems to have gone out of style these days. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 The kitchen is long and dressy with cabinets that are carved country French. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 6 Nov. 2021 Paired with a dressy suit, the discreet slip-ons read minimal, yet way more interesting than a standard dress shoe or low-top kicks. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2021 Like my question for the ages: Why are dressy black purses always so tiny? Ellyn Laub, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Then, there are those dressy but not overly formal moments like a daytime wedding or bridal brunch. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2021

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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

dress up



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9 Jan 2022

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“Dressy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dressy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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