- a person who is a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school.
- a person who favors or is viewed as favoring clothing style or behavior associated with traditional preparatory schools.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of preparatory schools or their students.
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or being a style in dress or mode of behavior of a preppy.
Origin of preppy
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Examples from the Web for preppie
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- characteristic of or denoting a fashion style of neat, understated, and often expensive clothes; young but classic: suggesting that the wearer is well off, upper class, and conservative
- a person exhibiting such style
C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college
Word Origin and History for preppie
"student at a preparatory school," 1962, also preppy; see prep. As an adjective from 1966. An older variant in the noun sense was prepper (1921), also prepster (1938).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper