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


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 \ adverb
preppiness \ ˈpre-​pē-​nəs \ noun

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Denim has followed a well-trod path in Japan, in which manufacturers initially copy foreign products—from Neapolitan pizza to preppy Ivy League-style clothing—and then transform them into something more uniquely Japanese. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "The Hottest Jeans Cost $2,000 and Are Made in Japan," 5 June 2018 Cardigans have always been a bit too preppy for my taste. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "How 5 Editors Style the Cardigan Sweater," 11 June 2018 Muuñ’s preppy chic Ninon straw tote is very practical thanks to its detachable striped pouch that can be tied into a knot to keep your belongings safe. Sari Anne Tuschman,, "Summer’s hottest bag trend shouldn’t be saved for just beach days," 12 July 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," 5 June 2018 But in the city, in the mid-90s, in my mid-20s? Androgynous preppy didn’t cut it anymore. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "My Kate Spade Bag Was My First Fashion Love," 5 June 2018 Prosecutors were referring to last week's court filing by Rizzo's lawyers, who said the millionaire executive was spit on and mocked as a kid, and shunned in high school by preppy Grosse Pointers. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Yearbook contradicts Chuck Rizzo bullying claims: He won best looking," 17 Apr. 2018 But instead of preppy Lilly Pulitzer threads, J.Crew cardigans, and coveted Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses, there’s a distinctly different vibe in his newest venture, Thrive Exchange. Janelle Nanos,, "The founder of 2nd Time Around tries a 3rd act on Newbury Street," 14 May 2018 Introducing 1901: formerly a men’s only brand, the new womenswear collection consists of preppy prints, colorful hues and classic silhouettes and includes an inclusive size range. Kami Phillips,, "8 Gorgeous Dresses from Nordstrom's New 1901 Line That Are Perfect for Spring," 21 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

: 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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