\ 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

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 This 19th century courtroom drama is definitely preachy, and nobody knows what Spielberg was thinking casting Matthew McConaughey as a lawyer defending a group of African slaves fighting for their freedom. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 For all the drama and turmoil of Delphine's story, however, the tone of the film is never preachy or obvious. Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2021 Not to get too preachy, but what’s wrong with investing valuable draft capital and a chunk of your salary cap on guys who don’t have a history, whether behavioral or physical, that could rear up and bite you? Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 Might the production feel too political, or too preachy, or not enough of either? John Branch, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 6 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Dec 2021

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“Preachy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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