[ dres-ee ]
/ ˈdrɛs i /

adjective, dress·i·er, dress·i·est.

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

First recorded in 1760–70; dress + -y1
Related formsdress·i·ly, adverbdress·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dressy


/ (ˈdrɛsɪ) /

adjective dressier or dressiest

(of clothes) elegant
(of persons) dressing stylishly
Derived Formsdressily, adverbdressiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dressy



1760s, from dress (v.) + -y (2).

"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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