or prep·pie


noun, plural prep·pies.

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.

adjective, prep·pi·er, prep·pi·est.

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

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; prep + -y1, -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preppie

Contemporary Examples of preppie

  • That was the case 23 years ago with the “Preppie Killer,” Robert Chambers.

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    Deadly Good Looks?

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    April 23, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for preppie



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

noun plural -pies

a person exhibiting such style

Word Origin for preppy

C20: originally US, from preppy a person who attends or has attended a preparatory school before college
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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