Definition of preppy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprepē/
(also preppie) informal, chiefly US

noun (plural preppies)

A student or graduate of an expensive prep school or a person resembling such a student in dress or appearance.
Example sentences
  • That's an expensive private school for preppies, right?
  • I'm guessing that you don't know anyone yet, and the preppies won't be befriending you anytime soon, so why don't you sit at my table at lunch.
  • Timothy always seemed like the kind of guy who would go for the preppies.

adjective (preppier, preppiest)

Of or typical of a student or graduate of an expensive prep school, especially with reference to their style of dress: the preppy look
More example sentences
  • He looked much like my friends with the preppy style.
  • It runs like an upmarket American holiday camp, with a 100% preppy house-party atmosphere.
  • Even though I had enjoyed high school, in the eyes of my white, rich, preppy peers, I was as an outcast.


Early 20th century: from prep school + -y2.

Words that rhyme with preppy

Giuseppe, peppy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: prep·py

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