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[pree-chee] /ˈpri tʃi/
adjective, preachier, preachiest.
tediously or pretentiously didactic.
Origin of preachy
1810-20; preach + -y1
Related forms
preachily, adverb
preachiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The song's got a bit of a message, without being preachy or heavy-handed.
  • Advocates for sustainable travel without being preachy and inflexible.
  • The concepts of time, life cycle, and the environmental impact of land development are central to the story without being preachy.
  • Watershed education should not be preachy, complicated, or depressing.
  • Having said all this, some of what follows will nevertheless sound preachy, nay offensive to the one-time dissenters.
British Dictionary definitions for preachy


adjective preachier, preachiest
(informal) inclined to or marked by preaching
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Word Origin and History for preachy

1819, from preach + -y (2). Related: Preachiness.

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