Definition of preppy in English:


Syllabification: prep·py
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.
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    • 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)

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  • Of or typical of a student or graduate of an expensive prep school, especially with reference to their style of dress: the preppy look
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    • 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.

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