One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a man) concerned with his clothes and appearance in an affected and excessive way.‘he is foppish and vain’‘a foppish dandy’
dandyish, dandified, dapper, dressy, spruceView synonyms
- ‘They weren't the pot-bellied kind, more the underwear-model kind; tanned, perspiring, incongruously foppish hair, stubbled, one of them hanging off the end of a smoke, in dark blue cargo pants, boots, tool belts and nothing else.’
- ‘They are wonderfully ebullient and foppish monuments dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with domes swelling out of all proportion to the base, each like a watermelon attempting to balance on a fig.’
- ‘I don't think he's going to be as eccentric and as foppish as some of his incarnations.’
- ‘He is foppish and vain (he writes a very flattering line in autobiographies) - but also dashed fanciable.’
- ‘Long before then, Heinrich had noticed his younger sibling's foppish ways, recommending the traditional ‘sleep cure’, and even offering the address of a bordello where the therapy could be obtained at modest cost.’
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