variants or less commonly matchy or matchy-match
: matching closely in color, pattern, etc.
In her office/guest bedroom, one wall is covered in red felt, another in a large leafy-pattern print, and the bedspread is a busy stripe. Matchy-matchy it is not.Vicky Lowry
Tess thought of Mary Browne in her expensive yellow suit, which matched the shoes, which matched the ribbon on her straw hat. Tess's mother dressed that way and it didn't come cheap, that matchy-matchy look.Laura Lippman
The active-lifestyle apparel brand has unveiled its annual 'Mom and Me' collection, and it's full of stylish matchy-matchy mother-daughter looks.Jacqueline Laurean Yates
Retailers said that while manufacturers who offer coordinate bath accessory programs that tie into bedding do well … the emphasis is on coordination, not "matchy-match" patterns.Sarah Johnson
Bedding doesn't need to be matchy. Mix in pillowcases that didn't come with the set.Better Homes & Gardens

Examples of matchy-matchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Step Two Make the bed with mixed and matched sheets at various price points, and avoid overtly matchy-matchy sets. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 15 Apr. 2024 The singer seems to be on a matchy-matchy kick lately. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Blake Lively had the ultimate matchy-matchy moment at the Michael Kors show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Though, don’t call it a matchy-matchy moment; both looks bloomed completely on their own. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2024 During their occasional joint appearances, the Fannings never do matchy-matchy. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 19 Dec. 2023 Outside of Josephs and Beauvais’ matchy-matchy moment, other style standouts from BravoCon 2023 include Brynn Whitfield and Paige DeSorbo. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Douglas Friedman Most Popular Weddings The Bride Wore 7 Luisa Beccaria Dresses to Marry at Her Family’s Estate in Sicily Related to the matchy-matchy print trend? Elise Taylor, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 Despite the matchy-matchy vibes, their looks are different in subtle ways. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 26 Oct. 2023

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Word History


reduplication of matchy, from match entry 2 + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matchy-matchy was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Matchy-matchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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