[klas-ee, klah-see]
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Origin of classy

First recorded in 1890–95; class + -y1
Related formsclass·i·ly, adverbclass·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective classier or classiest
  1. informal elegant; stylish
Derived Formsclassily, adverbclassiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for classy

"pertaining to or characteristic of a (high) class," 1891, from class (n.) + -y (2). Related: Classily; classiness.

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