One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a person: inclined to adopt speculative or unsubstantiated views; having a tendency to be impractical, polemical, or opinionated.
2Of a theory, piece of writing, etc.: characterized by speculative or unsubstantiated views; polemical or opinionated.
3Originally slang. Pleasant or attractive in appearance; showy.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Henry Newman (1801–1890), theologian and cardinal. From view + -y.
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