- a man who is excessively vain and concerned about his dress, appearance, and manners.
Origin of fop
1400–50; late Middle English foppe, fop; akin to fob2
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dandy, coxcomb, popinjay, peacock, swell, dude.
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Examples from the Web for fop
She had with her eyes open promised to marry this Englishman--fop!In the Valley
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
Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?The Market-Place
During this short dialogue, the ladies had gone on with the fop.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- a man who is excessively concerned with fashion and elegance
C15: related to German foppen to trick; see fob ²
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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.
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