Definition of fop in English:



  • A man who is concerned with his clothes and appearance in an affected and excessive way.

    • ‘Lord knows Cleveland has tried; London and New York have been put forward by many, and some fops might stake their claims on Tokyo, Chicago or Sao Paolo.’
    • ‘Terrific, now you look like a fop and folks won't have high expectations of you today.’
    • ‘Second, any man so concerned and fussy about the details of a tooth-pick case is definitely a fop, a dandy.’
    • ‘By now it's an accepted fact among the city's clique of food fops and gourmets that inventive, high-quality dining is on the wane in recession-era, brasserie-crazed, comfort-food-addled Manhattan.’
    • ‘He is a silly and superficial man, a fop or coxcomb.’
    • ‘To the foolish fop who dared to defend my honor at Maud's, let it be known that I am a proud crank, a consummate dunce, and run such a fever that neither a team of doctors nor infinite cases of quinine can stop me from babbling like a raving loon.’
    • ‘Small, slender and neat in jeans and a polo shirt, the suited dandy seems to have been washed away by the rain, though his floppy hair still has something of the fop about it.’
    • ‘The act made him appear too much a fop for Emma's liking.’
    • ‘He's the Premiership's favourite boo-boy; a lightning rod for trouble and a preening fop who revels in his rep as the man they love to hate.’
    • ‘They were also aiming for a distinctly Southern R&B feel here and it's so good, it's easy to forget the whole thing was created by five English fops faking American accents.’
    • ‘It's like saying that no Scots actor can do a Wilde, or a Coward, or a Restoration fop.’
    • ‘When we met I thought Sam was a ridiculous fop and he considered me an unsophisticated oaf.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean you ignore it or paper-it-over or become an agreeable fop - or worse, live everything at the whim of your child.’
    • ‘The only connection art now has with creativity is through the imaginative hype which is used to sell it to a wealthy coterie of effete fops.’
    • ‘It's coming alright but not in the way those light-headed, self-indulgent fops think.’
    • ‘The women are silly, with their breasts pushed up in Empire waists, and the men look like Britpop fops.’
    • ‘It grieves me deeply that we Americans should take as our classic a book that is no more than a lengthy description of the doings of fops.’
    • ‘The fops and dandies had no interest in war and concentrated instead on their seraglios.’
    • ‘Unfolded is the tame story of Reginald, a fop, who wants only Patience, the village milkmaid.’
    • ‘Of course, it's not all about the image and the looks (except that, in the case of this particular preening bunch of fops in their heyday, it was almost entirely about the image and the looks).’
    dandy, beau, poseur, glamour boy, man about town, bright young thing, rake
    boulevardier, petit-maître
    swell, toff, snappy dresser, sharp dresser, natty dresser, trendy, pretty boy
    coxcomb, popinjay, peacock, buck
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fool’): perhaps related to fob.