Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a fop; dandified.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a fop, a man overly concerned with his appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Foplike; characteristic of a top in dress or manners; making an ostentatious display of gay clothing; affected in manners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a fop; affecting or manifesting ostentatious nicety in dress and manner; dandyish.
  • Synonyms See finical.

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

  • adj. affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner

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Examples

  • The word foppish has appeared in 14 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Aug. 17 in the restaurant review "Now Appearing in Chicago, a Restaurant in Footlights," by Sam Sifton:

    NYT > Home Page

  • His whole dress and air was not what could properly be called foppish, it was rather what at that time was called "rakish."

    Lucretia — Volume 01

  • Fastidious, clever, slightly skeptical, accustomed to the best society (he had held a much-envied shore appointment at the Ministry of Marine for a year preceding his retreat from his profession and from Europe), he possessed a latent warmth of feeling and a capacity for sympathy which were concealed by a sort of haughty, arbitrary indifference of manner arising from his early training; and by a something an enemy might have called foppish, in his aspect -- like a distorted echo of past elegance.

    Youth And Two Other Stories

  • (he had held a much-envied shore appointment at the Ministry of Marine for a year preceding his retreat from his profession and from Europe), he possessed a latent warmth of feeling and a capacity for sympathy which were concealed by a sort of haughty, arbitrary indifference of manner arising from his early training; and by a something an enemy might have called foppish, in his aspect -- like a distorted echo of past elegance.

    The End of the Tether

  • But now the august Wall Street Journal officially declares that collar-poppin is not "foppish" a bit!

    Gawker: Valleywag

  • Similarly, Frederick Law Olmsted noted that many blacks in Richmond, Virginia, on a Sunday were “dressed with foppish extravagence, and many in the latest style of fashion.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Certainly NOT the foppish caricature that the GOP faithful paint.

    Barbour: Obama, Congress 'the most liberal' ever

  • Rumors have been swirling for years about the dignified perpetual bachelor, but TMZ can now confirm that sources close to sources have seen the foppish Prez "bending over a page when he's done with his reading." more

    Fortune's Stanley Bing: Exclusive Bulletins From the Archives of TMZ!

  • In reality, the caricature of puritanical Roundheads fighting foppish Cavaliers, many of them poets, is one that historians have largely dismantled.

    Pens at the Ready

  • He had foppish hair and a patch of fur on his chin, looking rather like a he-goat, including the smile on his face.

    Deadly

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