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

Other Words from preppy


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

Examples of preppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Celebrity spectators are known to dress to the nines for the games, bringing forward their most polished—and preppy—ensembles for the occasion. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 22 June 2022 In the film, Eddie Murphy’s brazen con artist stole the spotlight from Dan Aykroyd playing Louis Winthrope III, the preppy financier brought down to the gutter by the manipulative brothers (played onstage by Marc Kudisch and Lenny Wolpe). Frank Rizzo, Variety, 7 June 2022 At the photo call for the film today, Stewart went more preppy in a red Chanel tweed two-piece set. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 25 May 2022 Tip: pair these with socks — glittery or knitted — for a retro preppy feel. Pema Bakshi,, 23 May 2022 What was more important to the Abercrombie essence is that by the late ’90s, the preppy-as-icon had become a signifier of the one percent. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 But the preppy as signifier, as advertising icon, as the image of who everyone wanted to be didn’t come to the fore until the 1980s. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 This Carlton is completely unlike the preppy, uptight, Tom Jones-loving, jitterbugging snob of yesteryear. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 14 Feb. 2022 New Beginnings costar Brody Jenner also showed up to celebrate Swingers Club, which is inspired by retro preppy golf wear. Glenn Garner,, 5 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To steal her preppy-chic look, wear your long, blonde hair down and make sure to carry around a designer handbag at all times. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 6 June 2022 Chanel frontwoman Kristen Stewart, for example, always manages to twist the label's preppy Parisian persona into something more edgy. Leah Dolan, CNN, 27 May 2022 Patterns like dotted swiss, grosgrain, and rickrack are turned on their heads in preppy neons and saturated jewel tones. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 26 May 2022 With their classically preppy Greek key design, the new Abbot chairs and Feolin cafe table—shown here in Tiffany’s-esque blue and white—would suit any Palm Beach estate. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Cult brand Soludos is a go-to for espadrilles of all kinds, from the simple and preppy to the slightly whimsical, like this winking pair from its collaboration with artist Jason Polan. Kathleen Walsh, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 Classic, conventional, proper and preppy are just some of the ways pearls have been described while having a longstanding relationship with traditional fine jewelry. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The preppy look comes days after the beauty founder showed her sportier side during a visit to the batting cages with Ben Affleck and her 14-year-old daughter Emme Muñiz. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Apr. 2022 The Right Stripes Don’t think of this trend as your average preppy print. Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of preppy


1880, 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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29 Jun 2022

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