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

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Other Words from foppish

foppishly adverb
foppishness noun

Examples of foppish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gesture seems to carry both a foppish sophistication and a Prussian coldness. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 For instance, a manly man of 18th-century France would be considered fairly foppish today. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Being a “Real Man” Will Kill You," 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,, "‘The Lion King’ review: I cannot feel the love tonight," 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, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 San Nicolas' commitment to looking as ridiculous as possible is matched by the other actors, including Bogdewiecz as the haughty Marian and Walton as the foppish Sir Guy., "Irreverent spirit lifts Clackamas Rep’s ‘Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood’," 1 July 2019 Onscreen, the Duke, played by Richard Roxburgh, is a bit of a foppish joke and his attempts to steal Satine are played largely for comedy. Suzy Evans, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Moulin Rouge!' Stars Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo Go Deeper and Darker on Stage," 1 July 2019 Teddy’s unpromising fifth cousin—was written off as a rich, foppish lightweight with little more than an aristocratic accent and rich parents. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018 The foppish Johnson — an articulate campaigner — helped lead Brexit forces to victory in the June 2016 referendum that effectively ended Cameron’s career and set in motion more than two years of tortuous negotiations with the EU. Washington Post, "Out as UK foreign secretary: One more twist in Boris saga," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of foppish

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of foppish was in 1599

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