fop·​pish | \ ˈfä-pish How to pronounce foppish (audio) \

Definition of foppish

1 obsolete : foolish, silly
2a : characteristic of a fop a foppish dressing gown
b : behaving or dressing in the manner of a fop

Other Words from foppish

foppishly adverb
foppishness noun

Examples of foppish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coat plus the beard lent a bear-like aspect to his style, which was equally foppish and preppy. Vogue, 30 Oct. 2021 Nearby a half-length painting of Saint Sebastian reimagines its subject as an almost foppish youth with auburn hair and a single arrow piercing his smooth torso. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 24 June 2021 Eventually, foppish men hawking ideas rather than wares would lay the same claim to the American individualist spirit: the adman as noble as the oilman, the programmer no different from the prospector. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2020 The monocle’s first two lives, as foppish accessory and evildoer’s adornment, have persisted into the present. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2019 The gesture seems to carry both a foppish sophistication and a Prussian coldness. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2019 For instance, a manly man of 18th-century France would be considered fairly foppish today. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Aug. 2019 Watching a realistic wildebeest stampede, or Uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofordoes the voice, less insidiously foppish than Jeremy Irons) crush the hopes and dreams of young Simba in lifelike scene after scene — these aren’t upgrades. Michael Phillips,, 10 July 2019 Gwen Loeb is wonderfully funny as a foppish courtier and as rough-mannered country worker Audrey, with whom Touchstone strikes up a romance. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 10 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of foppish

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foppish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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