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  1. 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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Examples from the Web for actressy

Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. exaggerated and affected in manner; theatrical
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