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or cityfied

[sit-i-fahyd] /ˈsɪt ɪˌfaɪd/
made into a city.
having city habits, fashions, etc.
Origin of citified
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; city + -fy + -ed2


[sit-i-fahy] /ˈsɪt ɪˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), citified, citifying.
to make into a city; urbanize.
to cause to conform to city habits, fashions, etc.
First recorded in 1860-65; city + -fy
Related forms
citification, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

    Missy 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
  • He regarded Verona's books, Babbitt's silver pencil, and flowers on the table as citified extravagances, and said so.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • They saw how clean-cut was the hairline at the back of his head and over his ears––sure sign that he was “citified.”

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • And toward the man who is citified your purely range-bred product cherishes a distinct if secret grudge.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Country's getting so citified the morning papers are here almost before breakfast's cleared off.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • If she had any “citified airs” they were not of the kind that are especially displeasing to country people.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for citified


(often derogatory) having the customs, manners, or dress of city people


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to cause to conform to or adopt the customs, habits, or dress of city people
to make urban
Derived Forms
citification, cityfication, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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