One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in African-American usage) ostentatiously stylish; pretentious.‘up there in their dicty Detroit suburb living the so-called good life’
affected, ostentatious, chichi, showy, flashy, tinselly, conspicuous, flaunty, tasteless, kitschyView synonyms
- ‘If she was rejected by an elite and urban northern black community, she also reviled them, scorning their white lifestyle as ‘dicty’ (a pejorative coinage).’
- ‘However, it in no way hampers the author's incisive analysis of the ‘dicty,’ African-American bourgeois.’
- ‘Thus, I have a hard time seeing how ditzy/ditsy might have been derived from dicty.’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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