Definition of dressy in English:



  • 1(of clothes) suitable for a smart or formal occasion.

    ‘wear something dressy, Kate, we've got to go to a drinks party’
    • ‘She walked back to her room and slipped into a black, dressy shirt and a pair of blue jeans.’
    • ‘More and more people are wearing dressy casuals for most occasions and this has meant a great growth in cotton casuals.’
    • ‘Save the business attire for work, the dressy attire for hot dates, and cool comfort for the weekends.’
    • ‘Now I'm left with less than three weeks until I go to Dallas and a quest for dressy shoes to wear to the awards dinner.’
    • ‘The guys stood there in their dressy outfits and hair fixed and the girls stopped dead in their tracks.’
    • ‘Finally, Liz put on a dressy jacket and joined David and Kevin in the main room of the suite.’
    • ‘I figured it must suck to be a businessman in the in summer with all the dressy clothes.’
    • ‘She had changed out of her dressy gown into a more suitable one with slightly less lace.’
    • ‘She had obviously dressed up for her exhibit that night, though the more dressy attire still held a sense of her style.’
    • ‘Bring a dressy shoe and a more casual shoe as well.’
    • ‘The design is sort of skate shoe-like, and is completely passable unless you need dressy shoes at work.’
    • ‘The fact that leather jackets can be worn with casual and dressy attire makes it one of the most versatile articles in your wardrobe.’
    • ‘Sure enough there was some man in a dressy suit sitting on the other side of the room with his back toward us.’
    • ‘I always wear dressy shoes with no heel so I wouldn't be taller than I am already and tonight was no different.’
    • ‘I went into a store that sold dressy outfits for teenagers.’
    • ‘She usually wears black or brown, and she likes a dressy suit - one that will take her straight to a function after work as well’
    • ‘Scott said to wear something comfortable not anything formal or too dressy.’
    • ‘The uniform was a white shirt and a grey plaid vest, with a grey above-the-knee plaid skirt, white knee socks and dressy shoes.’
    • ‘The self colored or white embroidery is dressy without being ornate.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the girls walked down the street to the nearest shop for dressy clothes, and walked inside, relieved to be out of the cold.’
    smart, formal, elaborate, ornate
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    1. 1.1 Requiring or given to wearing dressy clothes.
      ‘the sweater can be worn under a blazer for more dressy events’
      • ‘For dressy occasions - dinners, theatre, casual celebrations - when you want to make an effort, but don't want to feel gussied-up, East is a trove of solutions.’
      • ‘Many shoes can pass for both dressy and less formal occasions, and can go with everything from chinos and jeans to a suit.’
      • ‘For dressy occasions and church, women wear ankle-length dresses with long sleeves made of fine material.’
      • ‘Cropped pants are a great warm weather alternative to shorts for those chilly nights, dressy casual occasions, or for women who just hate to bare their legs in shorts.’
      • ‘I already have a nice analog watch for dressy occasions.’
      • ‘An inch wide, it's classy enough for formal occasions without limiting itself to dressy nights out.’
      • ‘This is the type of sweater you'll be able to wear for every occasion, casual or dressy, with jeans or dress pants.’
      • ‘Except for a few dressy occasions, my neckties are now consigned to the closet until that dreaded day in the fall when I have to tighten the noose once again.’