fop·​pish ˈfä-pish How to pronounce foppish (audio)
obsolete : foolish, silly
: characteristic of a fop
a foppish dressing gown
: behaving or dressing in the manner of a fop
foppishly adverb
foppishness noun

Examples of foppish in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foppish was in 1599

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“Foppish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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