fan·​cy-pants ˈfan(t)-sē-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce fancy-pants (audio)
: overly elegant or refined : la-di-da

Examples of fancy-pants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But no—not good enough for these fancy-pants mathematicians who need their own set of characters just to feel special. Eli Burnstein, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 With crust that's beautifully singed and wondrously puffed, the not-so-basic numbers are polished with fancy-pants ingredients—from Calabrian chile, fennel and sausage to a cacio e pepe riff made with velvety cream sauce, formaggi al pepe and pecorino. Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fancy-pants was in 1939

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“Fancy-pants.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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