Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who is preoccupied with and often vain about his clothes and manners; a dandy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vain man; a dandy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose ambition it is to gain admiration by showy dress; a coxcomb; an inferior dandy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mock; fool; cheat.
  • n. A fool; a shallow pretender; an ostentations dunce.
  • n. A man who is ostentatiously nice in manner and appearance; one who invites admiration by conspicuous dress and affectations; a coxcomb; a dandy.
  • n. Synonyms Dandy, Exquisite, etc. See coxcomb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

Etymologies

Middle English, fool; probably akin to Middle English fob, trickster, cheat; see fob2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to German foppen ("to jeer") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At eight-and-twenty, Caesar, who not thirty years later was to die master of Rome, was chiefly known as a fop and a spendthrift.

    Roman life in the days of Cicero

  • After unzipping the download, you will have a file name fop-0. 95 (the latest version as of November 4, 2008).

    fullasagoog.com full roast blend

  • The style takes a while to get adjusted to since the novel starts on a very light note despite its grim underlying events, Portier being a very self-deprecating and wry narrator, while his two companions in the investigation, Chevalier Ilario and sorcerer Dante start as the overdone cliches of "fop" and "brilliant but moody outsider sorcerer".

    "The Spirit Lens" by Carol Berg (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

  • Don Diego Viega, whose picture might just be beside the word 'fop' if California had a dictionary, can do nothing about it.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • I didn't yet understand the word "fop," but I sure wanted to be one, even if I had to cut off one of my own hands to look this dashing.

    NPR Topics: News

  • I have been a fan of yours since u wrote desert warrior, I absolutly love ur writing. reading your books is like a double edged sword I cant wait to get your books but I dont like when I finished them and have to wait months fop the next book the only thing that keeps me sane is that I know the next book is going to be worth the wait.

    Next Psy/Changeling Book

  • A garrulous and conceited person; a coxcomb, dandy, fop

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • She is often embarrassed by what she has to do to pass herself off as a guy and when being a guy gets her into guy trouble --- a duel with the fop Sir Andrew Aguecheek --- she nearly faints from fright and the only thing protecting her is that Sir Andrew is more frightened than she is.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Sheen, so breezy and appealing as Tony Blair in "The Queen," here slips smoothly into the role of David Frost, the English talk-show host and infotainment personality who, as portrayed in "Frost/Nixon," is a bit of a fop and a bit of a poseur, but clawingly ambitious at his core.

    Kurt Loder Reviews ‘Frost/Nixon’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • And Carnac the Magnificent says, "A cop, a flop and a fop."

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  • Poets, like disputants, when reasons fail,
    Have one sure refuge left—and that’s to rail.
    Fop, coxcomb, fool, are thundered through the pit;
    And this is all their equipage of wit.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009