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dressy

[dres-ee] /ˈdrɛs i/
adjective, dressier, dressiest.
1.
appropriate to somewhat formal occasions:
an outfit that's a little too dressy for office wear.
2.
showy in dress; stylish:
a rather dressy reception.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; dress + -y1
Related forms
dressily, adverb
dressiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dressily

dressy

/ˈdrɛsɪ/
adjective dressier, dressiest
1.
(of clothes) elegant
2.
(of persons) dressing stylishly
3.
over-elegant
Derived Forms
dressily, adverb
dressiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dressily

dressy

adj.

1760s, from dress (v.) + -y (2).

"For as her natural face decays, her skill improves in making the artificial one. Well, nothing diverts me more than one of those fine, old, dressy things, who thinks to conceal her age by everywhere exposing her person; sticking herself up in the front of a side-box; trailing through a minuet at Almack's; and then, in the public gardens looking, for all the world, like one of the painted ruins of the place." [Goldsmith, "The Good Natured Man," 1768].

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