prep·​py | \ ˈpre-pē How to pronounce preppy (audio) \
variants: or preppie
plural preppies

Definition of preppy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school
2 : a person deemed to dress or behave like a preppy


variants: or preppie

Definition of preppy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to, characteristic of, or being a preppy
2 : relating to or being a style of dress characterized especially by classic clothing and neat appearance

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Other Words from preppy


preppily \ ˈpre-​pə-​lē How to pronounce preppily (audio) \ adverb
preppiness \ ˈpre-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce preppiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of preppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Models wore spectacles and preppy buttons, but the gimmicks gave way to a fluid and glimmering 70-look collection of gowns and signature skirt-suits. Washington Post, "Chanel’s new designer, Viard, unveils couture debut in Paris," 2 July 2019 At the end of the season, however, the biggest change to the Orange Is the New Black world happened: Piper, the preppy Connecticut woman who was the show's original gateway into the prison system, was finally released. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Orange Is The New Black," 28 June 2019 Its pink and green aesthetic has that preppy-chic thing down, just waiting to be Instagram-ed. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Harbour Island is the Ultimate OG Fashion Destination," 12 Mar. 2019 Conjuring all-American bodaciousness or an elusive knack for preppy chic, these beauties are a natural match for the fluffy textures of a nubby cross-stitch or fisherman’s rib. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "14 Iconic Beauties Who Prove Why Great Hair and Good Sweaters are a Perfect Match," 22 Sep. 2018 Mention Newport, Rhode Island, and visions of Gilded Age mansions and preppy yacht clubs may follow. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Millennials decorate their Newport home with a touch of beachy glam," 20 June 2019 The mash-up is a little preppy, a little retro, a little sporty, and never overworked. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Aimé Leon Dore Became the Coolest Store in Nolita," 14 May 2019 So, the blue bride is probably classic and a little preppy. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "BHLDN's Bridesmaid Dress Quiz Will Help You Choose a Color in Less Than Three Minutes," 29 Apr. 2019 The preppy look is obligatory for Hill Rats, the 20- and 30-somethings who work for dirt and the illusion of power. Elinor Burkett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kellyanne Conway Has Been Quietly Revolutionizing D.C. Since the Late '90s," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of preppy


1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for preppy


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The first known use of preppy was in 1900

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English Language Learners Definition of preppy

US, informal + often disapproving : someone who dresses or acts like a student at a prep school (such as by wearing neat, somewhat formal clothing or by using particular words and phrases)

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