Definition of preppy in English:

preppy

(also preppie)

noun

US
informal
  • A pupil or graduate of an expensive prep school, or a person resembling such a pupil in dress or appearance.

    • ‘She can't hide her glee when she brings down a couple of BMW-driving preppies who tried to negotiate fees with her.’
    • ‘Most of the students treated him like a preppie, as he had heard one of them called him.’
    • ‘They couldn't have gotten any firm to hire them as brokers, not when it was the Eighties and the market was booming and the Street was filled with ambitious preppies trying to make it in the business.’
    • ‘These are not your typical preppies by any means.’
    • ‘One of the things I wanted to impersonate was a preppy.’
    • ‘I guess the trend was geared towards preppies, and pink was an accepted part of your wardrobe back then.’
    • ‘As the two preppies approached, he offered them the cans and got disgusted looks for payment.’
    • ‘This supports my theory that all preppies are scary.’
    • ‘Everybody knows that the best universities, law firms, hospitals, investment banks, and the State Department used to be run by preppies whose main virtue was fortunate birth, and are now open to one and all on the basis of merit.’
    • ‘But how many millionaire preppies who hail from Massachusetts know the difference between a shotgun and a pea-shooter?’
    • ‘I'm guessing that you don't know anyone yet, and the preppies won't be befriending you anytime soon, so why don't you sit at my table at lunch.’
    • ‘The only thing that seemed to separate the fraternities was that each one catered to a specific homogeneous group of people, whether it was preppies, jocks, or just plain losers.’
    • ‘That's an expensive private school for preppies, right?’
    • ‘Timothy always seemed like the kind of guy who would go for the preppies.’
    • ‘He knew Kyle's extreme dislike for preppies, but that was the first time he'd ever heard that use of the word.’

adjective

US
informal
  • Of or typical of a pupil or graduate of an expensive prep school, especially with reference to their neat style of dress.

    ‘the preppy look’
    • ‘There's an army of preppy kids and only a handful of skaters.’
    • ‘I then replaced my preppy, stylish clothing with dark, baggy apparel.’
    • ‘I still shudder at the thought of that hideously preppy name.’
    • ‘They always criticized my clothing, because they were preppy girls.’
    • ‘When Alex came home from school, she was greeted by her preppy little sister, Megan, who was 12 years old.’
    • ‘I didn't need these stuffy preppy clothes contaminating my car.’
    • ‘By the time I got to Stanford I started wearing preppy clothes.’
    • ‘A car full of tough, preppy guys drove next to us and stopped.’
    • ‘He looked much like my friends with the preppy style.’
    • ‘I would rather have been like a boy than a preppy little girl.’
    • ‘Even though I had enjoyed high school, in the eyes of my white, rich, preppy peers, I was as an outcast.’
    • ‘He's funny, but not dumb, like a lot of the funny, popular, preppy guys.’
    • ‘Asha was somehow a mystery to them, an exotic girl compared to the flaunting and preppy girls, with her striking hair and sparkling green eyes.’
    • ‘I'm polite, educated, have good table manners and a stash of preppy clothes for work purposes, and once in a while, I even tell a clean joke.’
    • ‘It runs like an upmarket American holiday camp, with a 100% preppy house-party atmosphere.’
    • ‘She's supposed to be the preppy little ray of sunshine.’
    • ‘I then heard this loud, preppy voice and it sounded a lot like Tessa.’
    • ‘Or maybe I just didn't like her fake, dyed copper hair or preppy clothing style.’
    • ‘She was a very nice girl, only a bit on the ditsy / preppy side.’
    • ‘Maybe she broke off with that preppy boy after all.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from prep school + -y.

Pronunciation

preppy

/ˈprɛpi/