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

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Other Words from preppy

Adjective

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 On one side, a large audience pressed around a group of preppy-looking young men wearing plaid shirts, windbreakers, khakis, and sunglasses. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 Despite being thrust in the franchise that gave the world Serena van der Woodsen’s and Blair Waldorf’s spin on preppy, Lind is more about Parisian chic. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Saint Laurent Goes Virtual With Gossip Girl’s Newest Star," 15 Dec. 2020 Case in point: Prince George sported a preciously preppy striped sweater on an outing to the London Palladium with his parents and siblings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince George Wore an Adorable Striped Sweater to an Appearance at the London Palladium," 11 Dec. 2020 These masks, which come in black and two different preppy patterns, are made of 100% cotton and recycled materials. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 These masks, which come in black and two different preppy patterns, are made of 100% cotton and recycled materials. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 These masks, which come in black and two different preppy patterns, are made of 100% cotton and recycled materials. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 These masks, which come in black and two different preppy patterns, are made of 100% cotton and recycled materials. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 5 Nov. 2020 On Tuesday, the model was snapped walking the streets of New York City in a look that was a dash preppy, a bit grunge, and a whole lot of cool. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Goes Back to School in a Burberry Outfit," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Charlotte's preppy Upper East Side wardrobe was consistently classic, brimming with structured silhouettes, pastel hues, and feminine details. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, "'Sex and the City'-Inspired Outfits to Shop," 10 Feb. 2021 Bonus points if there are some preppy elements, like this pullover by Paul Smith. Cassandra Hogan, Town & Country, "How to Wear Oversize Styles," 25 Jan. 2021 Like many of the brands in this list, Claudie Pierlot's clothes have a preppy but sophisticated vibe. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "23 French Clothing Brands to Keep on Your Radar," 22 Jan. 2021 Some noted that his obsession with skincare and preppy wardrobe choices are reminiscent of New Girl’s Schmidt (Max Greenfield). Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Wait, When Did Every Bachelorette Fan Hop On The Bennett Train?," 17 Nov. 2020 Across the Atlantic, preppy New York brand Rowing Blazers offered its first womenswear collection, which was inspired by Diana. Los Angeles Times, "Diana was the people’s princess — and we’re still madly in love with her fashion," 15 Nov. 2020 Button-down cardigans: Button-down cardigans are preppy and feminine and can be worn buttoned, unbuttoned, or partially buttoned. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best women’s plus-sized sweater," 23 Dec. 2020 The shoes combined with the collegiate-style sweater gave the look an appealing, preppy style. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Gives the Canadian Tuxedo a Preppy Twist," 14 Dec. 2020 The preppy retailer, which operates the J.Crew and Madewell brands, became the first national US retailer to file for bankruptcy protection since the pandemic forced a wave of temporary store closures. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The 30 retailers and restaurant chains that filed for bankruptcy in 2020," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of preppy

Noun

1880, 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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24 Jan 2021

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“Preppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preppy. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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)

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