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[prep-ee] /ˈprɛp i/
noun, plural preppies.
a person who is a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school.
a person who favors or is viewed as favoring clothing style or behavior associated with traditional preparatory schools.
adjective, preppier, preppiest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of preparatory schools or their students.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or being a style in dress or mode of behavior of a preppy.
Origin of preppy
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; prep + -y1, -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for preppie


characteristic of or denoting a fashion style of neat, understated, and often expensive clothes; young but classic: suggesting that the wearer is well off, upper class, and conservative
noun (pl) -pies
a person exhibiting such style
Word Origin
C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college
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Word Origin and History for preppie

"student at a preparatory school," 1962, also preppy; see prep. As an adjective from 1966. An older variant in the noun sense was prepper (1921), also prepster (1938).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Typical of the manners, attitudes, folkways, etc, of preppies: The handshake is firm and preppy


(also prepster) A student or graduate of a preparatory school: Wouldja please watch your profanity, Preppie?/ five soft-spoken indie prepsters who happen to rule nice-kid noise pop (1970s+)

[preppy, ''silly, immature,'' is found by 1900]

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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