actressy

[ ak-truh-see ]
/ ˈæk trə si /

adjective

self-consciously stagy in style or manner; exaggeratedly theatrical: an actressy reading that distorted the character of Ophelia.

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Origin of actressy

First recorded in 1895–1900; actress + -y1
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Example sentences from the Web for actressy

  • Mrs. Lynde said she was very pretty but kind of actressy looking, and must have been an awful lot younger than father.

    Anne Of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for actressy

actressy
/ (ˈæktrɪsɪ) /

adjective

exaggerated and affected in manner; theatrical
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