\ 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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Celebrity fans like Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber may have revived the piece within their off-duty outfits, but incorporating the floppy, casual style into dressier ensembles takes skill. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Rihanna Delivers a Couture Twist on the Bucket Hat," 3 Oct. 2018 While jeans have been a fixture of the runway, the elevation of denim into more formal looks furthers the blurring between casual and dressy afoot in fashion. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Back to the ’80s? No, It’s Spring Fashion," 15 Sep. 2018 The Safiyaa pieces were fit for a modern royal and busy mom-to-be: dressy enough to suit any public event without sacrificing on comfort. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Finds an Elegant Evening Option for Moms-to-Be," 19 Nov. 2018 Ruffles, ties, and a light blue hue make the two-piece feel dressy enough for any holiday plans. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Fourth of July Outfits You'll Want to Wear All Summer Long," 15 June 2018 After determining the proper fit with—ideally—a shirt and a suit, stylists create looks, showing customers how to wear a suit jacket with jeans or khakis or suit pants with a sweater and less dressy shoes. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Is This Custom Suit Company the New Mary Kay?," 21 Jan. 2016 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

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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 the part

dress uniform

dress up





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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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