\ 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 preachily (audio) \ adverb
preachiness \ ˈprē-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce preachiness (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 This preachy slavishness to a progressive notion of multilateralism for its own sake is not new. Jakub Grygiel, National Review, "Mister Heiko Maas, Shred That Article!," 8 Nov. 2019 To put a face to the agriculture—put it within a product and serve it to people—without being so preachy about it. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "A Grain Guru, Tomato Whisperer, and Two Hospitality Mavens Walk Into a Pizzeria...," 17 Oct. 2019 The stereotype of the endlessly preachy vegan is past its sell-by date. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Is the Future Vegan?," 30 Aug. 2019 Not to get too food preachy (because, honestly, who’s going to listen to a guy who drinks his beer on ice)? Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "The Only Way I Cook Corn," 30 July 2019 While the moral message is crystal clear, director Simon Wincer maintains a terrific entertainment-educational balance, never letting Willy submerge in overt message-dom or preachy moralizing. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Free Willy': THR's 1993 Review," 16 July 2019 Scan the second and third tiers, where the candidates have been a little bland and preachy, and possibilities abound. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Debates Are an Opportunity to Speak Frankly About Trump and Race," 30 July 2019 Supporters of the mine argue that preachy greens from Sydney and Melbourne also benefit from the resource business. The Economist, "Adani’s giant Australian coal mine gets the go-ahead," 29 June 2019 Strong performances, gentle but focused direction by Bobbie Bell and Shanley’s way with words combine to create a romance that’s never sappy, a comedy that’s never forced and an ode to life that isn’t preachy. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Outside Mullingar’: Mad Cow Theatre visits Irish countryside, with delightful results | Review," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of preachy

1819, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of preachy was in 1819

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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