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[prep-ee] /ˈprɛp i/
noun, plural preppies.
a person who is a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school.
a person who favors or is viewed as favoring clothing style or behavior associated with traditional preparatory schools.
adjective, preppier, preppiest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of preparatory schools or their students.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or being a style in dress or mode of behavior of a preppy.
Origin of preppy
1895-1900, Americanism; prep + -y1, -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preppy
  • He's surrounded by manicured lawns and preppy students, but his appearance is deliberately untamed.
  • He had two beepers, a cell phone, and preppy casual clothes.
  • He had a scruffy-preppy look: pullover sweater, tan slacks, enormous saddle shoes.
  • He continued to age, but never lost the preppy good looks, the dazzling smile.
  • Designers are putting preppy pink and green back on the style map.
  • And as much as preppy is wonderful, it can be a little bit exclusionary.
  • The preppy designer took her first foray into menswear with a custom tux she designed for the outspoken, fashion-conscious rapper.
  • Patterned dresses are another great idea for a beach wedding with a preppy style.
  • While his parents are on a cruise, preppy twelve-year-old.
  • It was a clever use of a preppy signature mashed up with sleeker shapes and richer colorations.
British Dictionary definitions for preppy


characteristic of or denoting a fashion style of neat, understated, and often expensive clothes; young but classic: suggesting that the wearer is well off, upper class, and conservative
noun (pl) -pies
a person exhibiting such style
Word Origin
C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college
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Slang definitions & phrases for preppy



Typical of the manners, attitudes, folkways, etc, of preppies: The handshake is firm and preppy


(also prepster) A student or graduate of a preparatory school: Wouldja please watch your profanity, Preppie?/ five soft-spoken indie prepsters who happen to rule nice-kid noise pop (1970s+)

[preppy, ''silly, immature,'' is found by 1900]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for preppy


a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school
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