or prep·pie

[ prep-ee ]
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noun,plural prep·pies.
  1. a person who is a student at or a graduate of a preparatory school.

  2. a person who favors or is viewed as favoring clothing style or behavior associated with traditional preparatory schools.

adjective,prep·pi·er, prep·pi·est.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of preparatory schools or their students.

  2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or being a style in dress or mode of behavior of a preppy.

Origin of preppy

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; prep + -y1, -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preppy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for preppy


/ (ˈprɛpɪ) informal /

  1. 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

nounplural -pies
  1. a person exhibiting such style

Origin of preppy

C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college

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