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


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fopped; fopping

transitive verb

: fool, dupe

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
The film chronicles a rich fop who studies a magic manual and teaches himself how to achieve X-ray vision and clairvoyance. The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 Phelan locates the quiet truth in this last reversal of fortunes. Creel, infusing every line reading with delectable originality, plays the Prince as a preening fop who excuses his behavior by explaining to Cinderella late in the musical that he’s meant to be charming, not sincere. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2023 Alec Roberts’s Lorenzo was more practical than greedy; John Lam made Gamache an endearing and nuanced fop. Jeffrey Gantz,, 17 Mar. 2023 From the very beginning, though, riders were also mocked as fops pursuing a ludicrous pastime. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, 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, 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, 2 Oct. 2019 No, those bewigged, Georgia-era fops didn’t speak with a lisp. John Kelly, Washington Post, 27 June 2018 That fop Shaw-Asquith was right about that, at least! Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 17 June 2018 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fop was in the 15th century

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“Fop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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