Definition of preppy in English:


(also preppie)


  • A student or graduate of an expensive prep school or a person resembling such a student in dress or appearance.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Timothy always seemed like the kind of guy who would go for the preppies.’
    • ‘I guess the trend was geared towards preppies, and pink was an accepted part of your wardrobe back then.’
    • ‘But how many millionaire preppies who hail from Massachusetts know the difference between a shotgun and a pea-shooter?’
    • ‘This supports my theory that all preppies are scary.’
    • ‘One of the things I wanted to impersonate was a preppy.’
    • ‘He knew Kyle's extreme dislike for preppies, but that was the first time he'd ever heard that use of the word.’
    • ‘As the two preppies approached, he offered them the cans and got disgusted looks for payment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are not your typical preppies by any means.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's an expensive private school for preppies, right?’
    • ‘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.’


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

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


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