[ prep-ee ]
/ ˈprɛp i /
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for preppie
/ (ˈprɛpɪ) informal /
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
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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).
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