preppy

noun
prep·​py | \ ˈpre-pē \
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

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Other Words from preppy

Adjective

preppily \ ˈpre-​pə-​lē \ adverb
preppiness \ ˈpre-​pē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of preppy in a Sentence

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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 Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018 Rock a preppy statement mini with your comfiest sweatshirt for next-level cool vibes. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "33 Back To School Outfits That Will Actually Make You Want to Go Back to School," 27 July 2018 An Ikea four-poster painted grey gives a guest room a preppy-meets-France look. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "8 Ways Designers Use Ikea," 20 Dec. 2013 Or, go preppy with a puffer vest, hiking sneakers, and raw denim jeans. Jade Vallario, Teen Vogue, "Best Fall Boots: Hiking Boots Under $160," 10 Oct. 2018 Both Meghan and Pippa Middleton frequently turn to the preppy brand for simple pieces to wear on an everyday basis. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Navy Blue J.Crew Coat Was Just Restocked," 29 Aug. 2018 Rock a preppy statement mini with your comfiest sweatshirt for next-level cool vibes. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "33 Back To School Outfits That Will Actually Make You Want to Go Back to School," 27 July 2018

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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

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The first known use of preppy was in 1900

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preppy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preppy

: 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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