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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)

transitive verb

: fool, dupe

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Synonyms for fop

Synonyms: Noun

beau, Beau Brummell, buck, dandy, dude, gallant, jay, lounge lizard, macaroni, pretty boy, toff [chiefly British]

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Examples of fop in a Sentence


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

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 The macaronis were members of a subculture of British fops in the 1760s and 1770s, who took their name from the Italian ingredient that would have seemed exotic and sophisticated in England at the time. David Segal, New York Times, "That Diss Song Known as ‘Yankee Doodle’," 1 July 2017 This story of bumbling boors, chiseling social climbers, and simpering fops gallivanting and scheming around the London countryside is crisply performed by a uniformly excellent cast. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This ‘Amy Krouse Rosenthal: A Beauty Salon’ at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Kyle Mooney at Thalia Hall, and more things to do this week in Chicago," 10 July 2017 Day's Sir Harcourt, with his ebony-dyed locks and effete manners, shares lineage with the fops of Restoration comedy. Kerry Reid,, "Lively wit and tangled love interests in 'London Assurance'," 27 June 2017

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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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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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