Definition of dippy in US English:



  • Stupid; foolish.

    ‘dippy ideas’
    • ‘There's also another dippy ballad (* yawn *), plus a ummm… doo wop disco track that ends it.’
    • ‘What, did your dippy roommate forget something?’
    • ‘A significant portion of the songs that found release during this time were either unformed, one-take songs, or dippy tape experiments.’
    • ‘What were we doing talking about such dippy passions?’
    • ‘Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the world's richest man, is also a left-hander, as are the actresses Nicole Kidman and Lisa Kudrow, who played dippy Phoebe in Friends.’
    • ‘Also released this week is White Chicks, a comedy starring the brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans as African-American FBI agents who disguise themselves as dippy white female socialites for a weekend in the Hamptons.’
    • ‘Inoffensive, energetic and pleasantly silly comic froth, David Dobkin's jaunty Shanghai Knights serves up robust verbal cut and thrust from the ever willing Chan and his charmingly dippy, English-baiting foil, Wilson.’
    • ‘Now, I'll agree that some of the lyrics are dippy, but, really, are they any worse than some of the stuff on Too Far to Care (which, for the record, has been the album of choice in my office and lab for the past month or two).’
    • ‘We see a solitary figure in a darkened office, a lighted miniature Christmas tree sitting on someone's desk (not his), and a dippy Christmas novelty song playing on the radio.’
    • ‘In this show suitable for six- to ten-year-olds, the cast of three comprises Rachel Over's creature-loving Norah; Paul Hutchinson as her dippy, wannabe pop-star boyfriend Norman and Lucy Atkinson as none other than God herself.’
    • ‘I want to get grants and do installations at Art galleries - I've seen so many that are just dippy, that I can't believe I'm not getting free money to do stuff that may be equally dippy.’
    • ‘It's one of those things that i'm just gonna take with me to my grave, probably the closest I'll ever come to space, in its dippy space camp way, you know?’
    • ‘His wife is gradually losing her marbles; his sister-in-law is a dippy alcoholic.’
    • ‘But to heck with those dippy documentaries where you know what's going to happen as soon as you hear the flute music.’
    • ‘Maguire's dippy smile and wide-eyed, otherworldly quality - changes of expression seem to form in remarkable slow-motion on his face - work just as well here as in The Ice Storm and Pleasantville.’
    • ‘My dippy mother is going around frantically getting all the things from inside the living room that are worth any money, which I can tell you it ‘aint a lot!’
    • ‘‘Than he really is a dippy idiot,’ Ryan muttered under his breath.’
    • ‘I'm sure there were enough dippy individuals there he could preach to, however.’
    • ‘The times I was just having a beery laugh with my friends, times when we shared in each other's extrovert abandon, each other's dippy oblivion.’
    • ‘And there aren't many people who can raise dippy pop songcraft to the level of Art the way Motown's team of writers and performers could.’
    • ‘And that's fine with me - even though I am aware that I can be as dippy as any stereotypical blonde.’
    • ‘Not sentimental or dippy like an American or French love song - passionate, a little crazy, and vaguely threatening.’
    • ‘In the next three seconds, somewhere in the world, an ingenuous pop star or maybe a dippy actress or a sententious comedian will harangue you about Third World debt.’
    • ‘This might sound really dippy, but I really can't remember which photos I had on page 8 of the photo album on the Sherri and Gina website.’
    • ‘Also included in extras is a widescreen trailer, which is just as unbelievably dippy as the actual film.’
    • ‘Veteran actress White, who played the deliciously dippy Rose Nylund, spoke to The Advocate about the show's staying power and about another legendary sitcom character she brought to life, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’
    • ‘There's the Emily Mortimer school: ‘I am dippy and flaky, and don't have a plan, though I will end up with the hottest young actor at the end of the evening.’’
    • ‘As the sweetly dippy Anita, who was clearly a few fries short of the full chip supper, Shobna was winningly funny, spouting Wood's robustly Northern jokes alongside seasoned stars like Julie Walters and Celia Imrie.’
    • ‘But before long, Katherine and Eloise, two rather dippy teenagers from the family group, are, unwittingly, heading towards the first set of rapids.’
    • ‘For one thing, I would never die for a fascist's right to say whatever dippy little thing entered his head.’
    • ‘Toni is a bright-eyed dippy blonde in love with a married dentist, Dr. Julian Winston, as played by the incomparable Walter Matthau.’
    • ‘With a title like ‘I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You,’ you just know that it's some dippy love song.’
    • ‘Worse than this dippy nonsense is the smug hippie sanctimony Glastonbury attracts.’
    • ‘My Brother was supposed to be calling me last night after going to see Dad and letting me know how things were going with our dippy younger Brother but I never got the call so we're a little on edge this morning not knowing how things are going.’
    • ‘The farmers were not telling jokes, they were laughing uproariously at the long-haired, dippy hiker bloke.’
    • ‘We sit on the top deck and zone out, gazing into the middle distance with dippy smiles on our faces.’
    • ‘The show never, ever took itself seriously, knowing full well that bad puns and dippy artwork were its best assets.’
    • ‘Because every time I think they've finally spun off into some dippy little world that I don't need to visit, they manage to pull me back onto their side.’
    severely mentally ill, mentally ill, insane, mad, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, not together, crazed, maniac, maniacal, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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Early 20th century: of unknown origin.