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Definition of fop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : a foolish or silly person
2 : a man who is devoted to or vain about his appearance or dress : coxcomb, dandy


fopped; fopping

Definition of fop (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of fop in a Sentence

Noun he's such a fop that he drives nearly 50 miles just to get his hair cut by Monsieur Louis
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From the very beginning, though, riders were also mocked as fops pursuing a ludicrous pastime. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 Cartoons of the period show caricatures of self-regarding young fops posing and preening with their monocles on full display. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 The artist’s virile exemplars helped liberate gay men from society’s cheap assignations — as mentally disturbed fops mincing out roles as faux women. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 No, those bewigged, Georgia-era fops didn’t speak with a lisp. John Kelly, Washington Post, "His name was ‘Alexander Hamilton.’ New exhibits recount his words and deeds.," 27 June 2018 That fop Shaw-Asquith was right about that, at least! Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 The next persona is Shipwrecked Sadie (Christina Day), a British fop in a court suit who has escaped from pirates and has a reverie about gender identity. Dave Sturm, Columbia Flier, "At Laurel's Venus Theatre, a woman's wry perspective across four centuries," 16 Mar. 2018 The surrounding players are exaggerated, one-note caricatures; Barrie’s wife is a superficial shrew, her lover is a fop, the grandmother is stern and matronly, the promoter has a perpetual glint in his eye and the actors are campy. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Circus scene is the highlight of a bland 'Neverland'," 21 Feb. 2018 Ferry, by nature shy and self-effacing, reinvented himself as a fop with issues. Greg Kot,, "Roxy Music: Still mind-blowing, still overlooked," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fop


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fop


Middle English; akin to Middle English fobben to deceive, Middle High German voppen

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“Fop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fop

old-fashioned + disapproving : a man who cares too much about how he looks or dresses

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