\ˈprē-chē \
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 \ adverb
preachiness \ˈprē-chē-nəs \ noun

Examples of preachy in a Sentence

We were put off by the speaker's preachy tone. a boring and preachy writer

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Everyone is so afraid to be earnest or afraid to be like preachy or teach-y. Kate Stanhope,, "'Everwood,' 'East Los High' writers talk tackling abortion on the small screen," 10 June 2018 Unlike other parenting books, Karp’s doesn’t feel preachy or berating. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, "How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business," 18 Apr. 2018 One of Coker’s greatest talents is keeping this material from ever feeling too heavy or preachy. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Luke Cage is the first Netflix MCU show with a strong season 2," 22 June 2018 The result was Walden, or Life in the Woods, a preachy treatise on the benefits of solitary dude time off the grid, and required reading for high schoolers all across America., "What Americana Means (And Doesn't) In 2018: From Childish Gambino To Roseanne," 3 July 2018 From the homey low-budget set of his low-key public television children’s show, Mister Rogers preached the gospel of love and kindness in the most un-preachy way possible. Karla Peterson,, "On Father's Day, a new documentary reveals Mister Rogers the man is as timeless as his message," 15 June 2018 There’s an implicit judgment that can feel preachy or hypocritical. Emily Heller, Vox, "Joy appeared on The Ezra Klein Show to talk about “carnism.”," 11 June 2018 These elements are subtly woven into the magical story about talking lamps, and the game never takes on a preachy tone. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "This gorgeous indie game is like a Ghibli film brought to life," 15 May 2018 The results should by all rights have been preachy in the extreme. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Mlima’s Tale’ Review: A Playwright and Her Prey," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of preachy

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preachy was in 1819

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English Language Learners Definition of preachy

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

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