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

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The two were friends a young children but drifted apart as Lily sank into the prim, preppy, affluent Connecticut lifestyle that her rich stepdad afforded her. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "'Thoroughbreds' and the Enduring Allure of the Bad Friend," 8 Mar. 2018 Four years ago, Jeanne Signoles launched L/Uniform with a few simple, vaguely-preppy monogrammable canvas totes and suitcases. Emily Farra, Vogue, "French Label L/Uniform Is Bringing Its Cheery, Monogrammable Bags to New York," 10 May 2019 Thankfully the 3,600-square-foot house wasn’t in need of all-consuming structural work—just an aesthetic overhaul to bring the circa-2000 construction in line with Sims’s penchant for traditional design with a preppy spin. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 But then bows began aggressively infiltrating her Instagram feed, dredging up memories of preppy girls who sported them in field-hockey games at her Washington, D.C., high school. Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ, "Can a Grown Woman Wear a Hair Bow?," 13 Feb. 2019 And Alice traded in her leather for a preppy pink girl-next-door vibe, and asked future serial killer Hal Cooper to get a malt at Pop’s. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Let's Talk About Tonight's Very Special Flashback Episode of Riverdale," 8 Nov. 2018 Part of Brett’s vision included lowering prices and making clothes with a casual-feminine touch, similar to J.Crew’s popular sister brand, Madewell, instead of leaning on J.Crew’s typically preppy roots. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Prince William is dressed casually in a checkered button-down while Middleton opted for a preppy sweater and jeans. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's Family Christmas Card Is So Cute, It Hurts," 14 Dec. 2018 Wearing a vintage trench coat (a gift from the wardrobe department) and a fuzzy preppy sweater, Ms. Taylor, 20, ordered silver dollar pancakes and a fruit cup. Jonathan Small, New York Times, "‘The Americans’: Will Holly Taylor Inherit the Family Business?," 28 Mar. 2018

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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


prep entry 1

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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