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[rit-see] /ˈrɪt si/
adjective, ritzier, ritziest. Slang.
swanky; elegant; posh:
a ritzy neighborhood; a ritzy hotel.
Origin of ritzy
1915-20, Americanism; see ritz, -y1
Related forms
ritzily, adverb
ritziness, noun Unabridged
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adjective ritzier, ritziest
(slang) luxurious or elegant
Derived Forms
ritzily, adverb
ritziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ritzy

1920, from ritz + -y (2). Related: Ritziness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ritzy



  1. Elegant; luxurious; classy, posh, swank: The ritziest dance hall was the Haymarket
  2. Haughty; supercilious; stuck-up (1920+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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