- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for preppy
Her style, much like her diminutive nickname, is best described as “Hamptons twee”—preppy and peppy.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
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The result is a spectacular mash-up of aspirationally misguided 1990s preppy style.Finally! ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is Hollywood’s First 1990s Period Piece
December 23, 2013
The designer and socialite, who died Sunday at 81, built an empire out of her preppy, sunny style.Lilly Pulitzer, Designer and Palm Beach Socialite, Dead at 81
April 8, 2013
Elsewhere, there are preppy neon slippers, floral kitten heels, and S&M-y patent leather wedges.London Shoe Star Nicholas Kirkwood on Opening New York Store and More
May 1, 2012
In general, Mrs. Romney tends towards pullover sweaters and pushed-up sleeves, preppy skirts, easy blazers and tousled hair.Ann Romney's Milk-and-Cookies Style Emphasizes Mitt's Softer Side
December 20, 2011
- 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
- a person exhibiting such style
C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college
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