a man who is excessively vain and concerned about his dress, appearance, and manners.

Origin of fop

1400–50; late Middle English foppe, fop; akin to fob2

Synonyms for fop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fop

Historical Examples of fop

  • She had with her eyes open promised to marry this Englishman--fop!

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The fop of fields is no better than his brother of Broadway.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Mr. Caryll turned to the fop, who happened to be standing at his elbow.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • During this short dialogue, the ladies had gone on with the fop.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for fop



a man who is excessively concerned with fashion and elegance
Derived Formsfoppish, adjectivefoppishly, adverbfoppishness, noun

Word Origin for fop

C15: related to German foppen to trick; see fob ²
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Word Origin and History for fop

mid-15c., "foolish person," of unknown origin, perhaps related to fob (v.), German foppen "jeer at, make a fool of." Sense of "dandy" is from 1660s.

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