\ ˈprē-chē How to pronounce preachy (audio) \
preachier; preachiest

Definition of preachy

: marked by obvious moralizing : didactic put off by the speaker's preachy tone

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Other Words from preachy

preachily \ ˈprē-​chə-​lē How to pronounce preachy (audio) \ adverb
preachiness \ ˈprē-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce preachy (audio) \ noun

Examples of preachy in a Sentence

We were put off by the speaker's preachy tone. a boring and preachy writer
Recent Examples on the Web Despite multifaceted characters and convincing performances (particularly from Cosio and Soria), Lemus and Chávez’s dialogue sometimes feels preachy, mawkish or on-the-nose. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Sharp New Dramedy Gentefied Tells a Different Kind of Gentrification Story," 13 Feb. 2020 Such is the case with Kossakovsky’s film, which is not preachy but leaves it up to the viewer to discern a message. Peter Keough,, "In Focus: Water, water everywhere, and many thoughts to think," 27 Aug. 2019 L'Engle was a Christian, and that's evident here, too, though not in a preachy way. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children travel the universe and confront evil in First Stage's 'A Wrinkle in Time'," 25 Jan. 2020 The United States, of course, also employs cultural diplomacy through a program run out of the State Department whose preachy use of the Voice of America during the Cold War is well established. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Oligarchs, as U.S. Arts Patrons, Present a Softer Image of Russia," 6 Oct. 2019 Based on the startling true story of Mike’s renunciation of the Klan (and the resulting tussle for ownership of the museum), Andrew Heckler’s film debut is often preachy and overripe with white-power symbolism. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Burden’ Review: A White Supremacist’s Change of Heart," 27 Feb. 2020 Soon enough this franchise would become a middle-aged man’s disinterested dream of adolescence, at once preachy and goofy. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019 And, also bearing the Harvard stamp, the preachy former mayor of a college town. Matthew Scully, National Review, "The Democrats’ 2020 Playbook," 23 Jan. 2020 Without sounding boring and preachy, the amusing story leaves the child with a good habit of trying new things (here food)—a boon for parents running behind their children with meals! Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The best books Quartz India read in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of preachy

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Preachy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preachy

informal + disapproving : trying to teach something (such as proper or moral behavior) in a way that is annoying or unwanted

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