- appropriate to somewhat formal occasions: an outfit that's a little too dressy for office wear.
- showy in dress; stylish: a rather dressy reception.
Origin of dressy
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Examples from the Web for dressy
She advises to avoid rompers, “dressy” shorts, and -- despite their recent comeback in the fashion world -- Uggs.A Handy Guide To Help You Dress for CPAC
Misty White Sidell
March 13, 2013
"He always was a dressy old scoundrel," remarked the Tuttle person.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
She was a dressy young person, whose father kept a "sample-room."Peak and Prairie
The latter's genial nature and dressy appearance pleased him.
The dressy manager was shaken by the hand three times in as many minutes.
For day receptions the dress may be more elaborate and the bonnet more "dressy."Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
- (of clothes) elegant
- (of persons) dressing stylishly
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Word Origin and History for dressy
"For as her natural face decays, her skill improves in making the artificial one. Well, nothing diverts me more than one of those fine, old, dressy things, who thinks to conceal her age by everywhere exposing her person; sticking herself up in the front of a side-box; trailing through a minuet at Almack's; and then, in the public gardens looking, for all the world, like one of the painted ruins of the place." [Goldsmith, "The Good Natured Man," 1768].
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