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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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  • He was no fop, and yet he was fully aware of these personal advantages.

  • She had with her eyes open promised to marry this Englishman--fop!

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She was not blind to the fact that he was a fop and not blessed with too much brain.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • I should be sorry you were an egregious fop; but I protest that, of the two, I would rather have you a fop than a sloven.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • During this short dialogue, the ladies had gone on with the fop.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Prove your boldness and your gallantry, or be forever shamed; a squire of dames, a courtly coxcomb, a fop of the Luxembourg!

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • But this was a bit of a fop, Adonis, dragoon,—so Venus remained in tête-à-tête with him.

  • "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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