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[klas-ee, klah-see] /ˈklæs i, ˈklɑ si/
adjective, classier, classiest. Informal.
of high class, rank, or grade; stylish; admirably smart; elegant.
Origin of classy
First recorded in 1890-95; class + -y1
Related forms
classily, adverb
classiness, noun Unabridged
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adjective classier, classiest
(informal) elegant; stylish
Derived Forms
classily, adverb
classiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for classy

"pertaining to or characteristic of a (high) class," 1891, from class (n.) + -y (2). Related: Classily; classiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. Of high quality; first-rate; superior: That's a very classy speech you just made
  2. aving or showing prestige; aristocratic; posh: a classy school/ classy manners (1891+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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