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[fop] /fɒp/
a man who is excessively vain and concerned about his dress, appearance, and manners.
Origin of fop
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English foppe, fop; akin to fob2
dandy, coxcomb, popinjay, peacock, swell, dude. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fop
Historical Examples
  • She had with her eyes open promised to marry this Englishman--fop!

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The fop of fields is no better than his brother of Broadway.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Mr. Caryll turned to the fop, who happened to be standing at his elbow.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • During this short dialogue, the ladies had gone on with the fop.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But this was a bit of a fop, Adonis, dragoon,—so Venus remained in tête-à-tête with him.

  • I know that at home we never let fop have anything between his meals.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • She stoops to conquer, and it is no wonder that the fop and the fool go down.

  • "It seems to me, however, that my services—" stammered the fop.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • Percy was a fop, but he came from a very aristocratic family.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for fop


a man who is excessively concerned with fashion and elegance
Derived Forms
foppish, adjective
foppishly, adverb
foppishness, noun
Word Origin
C15: related to German foppen to trick; see fob²
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Word Origin and History for fop

mid-15c., "foolish person," of unknown origin, perhaps related to fob (v.), German foppen "jeer at, make a fool of." Sense of "dandy" is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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