preppy

noun
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

preppy

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from preppy

Adjective

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

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 The preppy East Coast label has collaborated with everyone from Sacai and Supreme to Vetements, but West’s topper was a fresh foil for her typically sexed-up take on sportswear. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Has a New Favorite Outerwear Brand," 13 Dec. 2018 The vibrant dress clearly pays homage to both Witherspoon's southern roots and her character's preppy housewife vibes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Reese Witherspoon Released the "Madeline" Dress to Honor Her 'Big Little Lies' Character," 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'preppy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of preppy

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for preppy

Noun

prep entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about preppy

Statistics for preppy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for preppy

The first known use of preppy was in 1900

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for preppy

preppy

noun

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)

More from Merriam-Webster on preppy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with preppy

Comments on preppy

What made you want to look up preppy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!