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  1. made into a city.
  2. having city habits, fashions, etc.

Origin of citified

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; city + -fy + -ed2


verb (used with object), cit·i·fied, cit·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make into a city; urbanize.
  2. to cause to conform to city habits, fashions, etc.

Origin of citify

First recorded in 1860–65; city + -fy
Related formscit·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for citified

Historical Examples

  • The delighted Solomon had quite forgotten his dislike for the citified Paige.

    The Calico Cat

    Charles Miner Thompson

  • She was what a few weeks before she would have derided as "citified and airified."

    Mam' Lyddy's Recognition

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • He won her away with his glitter and plume And citified ways, while the lover did fume.


    Dana Gatlin

  • Yes, yes, I know that you are one of the citified, and cannot breathe except in an atmosphere of tobacco smoke.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • She was rather stylishly dressed, “citified,” Oscar said; she swung a beaded work-bag as she walked.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for citified



  1. often derogatory having the customs, manners, or dress of city people



verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to cause to conform to or adopt the customs, habits, or dress of city people
  2. to make urban
Derived Formscitification or cityfication, noun
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Word Origin and History for citified


1819, American English, from city + past participle ending from words in -fy.



1865, probably a back formation from citified. Related: Citifying.

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