peachy

[ pee-chee ]
/ ˈpi tʃi /

adjective, peach·i·er, peach·i·est.

resembling a peach, as in color or appearance.
Informal. excellent; wonderful; fine.

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Origin of peachy

First recorded in 1590–1600; peach1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM peachy

peach·i·ness, noun
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What does peachy mean?

Peachy is an informal and playful way of saying excellent or wonderful. The term peachy-keen can be used to mean the same thing.

Peachy can also be used in a literal way to mean resembling a peach in flavor, texture, appearance, or color (a kind of light pinkish orange).

Perhaps because it sounds overly optimistic or cheerful when used as a slang term, peachy is often used in a sarcastic way, as in Yeah, my meeting ran late and I got a flat tire, but sure, my day was peachy.

Example: Try our new peach pie—it’s just peachy!

Where does peachy come from?

The first records of the word peachy come from around 1600. The first records of its use as a slang term come from around 1900. The word peach has been used as a slang term referring to an especially likeable or attractive person since at least the 1700s.

When used in a literal way, peachy is especially used to describe the colors of things, such as the color of a sunset, someone’s complexion, or an article of clothing. A color described as peachy is typically likened to the skin of a peach, not the inside (which is usually golden-yellow).

As a slang term, peachy is often used in an ironic way, but it’s also common for it to be used earnestly.

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What are some other forms related to peachy?

  • peachiness (noun)

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How is peachy used in real life?

When used literally, peachy can be used to describe flavor or color. As a slang term, peachy is often used in a cutesy or sarcastic way.

 

 

Try using peachy!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of peachy?

A. hunky-dory
B. swell
C. A-OK
D. mediocre

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British Dictionary definitions for peachy

peachy
/ (ˈpiːtʃɪ) /

adjective peachier or peachiest

of or like a peach, esp in colour or texture
informal excellent; fine

Derived forms of peachy

peachily, adverbpeachiness, noun
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