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classy

[klas-ee, klah-see] /ˈklæs i, ˈklɑ si/
adjective, classier, classiest. Informal.
1.
of high class, rank, or grade; stylish; admirably smart; elegant.
Origin of classy
1890-1895
1890-95; class + -y1
Related forms
classily, adverb
classiness, noun
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  • The high-toned and classy place showed few customers present.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • "We're laboring under some classy mistake," he dryly signified.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • If ghosts did ever appear, he felt that the Lodgings had a first-class claim to one; ghosts were "classy," he argued.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • I don't see where I'm going to come into this classy conversation.

    The Climbers Clyde Fitch
  • But it is some classy order, all right, if you come to think of it; I guess I won't commence to-day.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for classy

classy

/ˈklɑːsɪ/
adjective classier, classiest
1.
(informal) elegant; stylish
Derived Forms
classily, adverb
classiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for classy
adj.

"pertaining to or characteristic of a (high) class," 1891, from class (n.) + -y (2). Related: Classily; classiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for classy

classy

adjective

  1. Of high quality; first-rate; superior: That's a very classy speech you just made
  2. aving or showing prestige; aristocratic; posh: a classy school/ classy manners (1891+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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