preachier; preachiest
: marked by obvious moralizing : didactic
put off by the speaker's preachy tone
preachily adverb
preachiness noun

Example Sentences

We were put off by the speaker's preachy tone. a boring and preachy writer
Recent Examples on the Web The series maintains a light touch and a brisk pace while managing to touch on class disparity and cultural prejudice without ever feeling preachy or forced. Wesley Stenzel,, 6 Apr. 2023 There is no preachy political message being foisted on unsuspecting audiences. Erik Kain, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 Inspiration and entertainment can make corny bedfellows, but Longoria pulls it off, to the extent that a moment of faith when Richard and Judy pray doesn’t feel preachy, but a reflection of their priorities. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Mar. 2023 Strout is never preachy or didactic. Pricilla Gilman,, 15 Sep. 2022 Engaging presenters have a knack for playing to their audience by being plain-spoken and knowledgeable without being dull or preachy. IEEE Spectrum, 26 July 2019 While the screenplay by Cameron, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver is a major step up from the original, it’s still preachy, predictable, and full of dialogue that lands with a thud, or rather, a belly flop. Odie Henderson,, 14 Dec. 2022 But there's a fine line between being too preachy and assuming that everybody's agreeing with you. Alessandro Corona, The Enquirer, 18 July 2022 Few films have captured in such a thrilling, non-preachy way the essence of Black Pride. John Blake, CNN, 19 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preachy was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Preachy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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