a student or ex-student of an American preparatory school. The term was popularised by Erich Segal in his best-selling novel Love Story. American prep schools (as opposed to the British version which educates boys from 8 to 13) prepare teenage boys for higher education.
a young person embodying the values, manners and dress of upper-class America. The preppy is roughly the equivalent of the British Sloane Ranger.
► 'He is variously described as "Ivy League" or "preppy" and he is instantly recognizable by his blue button-down Oxford cloth shirt, navy blazer, club tie and penny loafers. He might be viewed as an American Hooray Henry, except that he is quietly-spoken, excessively po-lite and never throws muffins.' (Independent, 12 March 1988)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • preppie — (n.) also preppy; see PREP (Cf. prep) …   Etymology dictionary

  • preppie — I. noun see preppy I II. adjective see preppy II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • preppie — ➡ preppy * * * …   Universalium

  • Preppie — Prẹp|pie 〈m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; in Amerika〉 Absolvent einer privaten Oberschule [Etym.: engl.; zu preparatory school »Vorbereitungsschule (für das Studium)«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • preppie — n. preppy , student at a preparatory school …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preppie — peppier …   Anagrams dictionary

  • preppie — AND preppy 1. mod. in the manner or style of a student at a preparatory school. □ I just love your preppy coat. □ Preppy clothes are almost out of style. 2. n. a young person who dresses and acts like a student at a preparatory school. □ Those… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • preppie — I. noun see preppy I II. adjective see preppy II …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Preppie Murder — Infobox Film name = The Preppie Murder image size = caption = director = John Herzfeld producer = writer = Irv Roud (story) John Herzfeld narrator = starring = Danny Aiello William Baldwin Lara Flynn Boyle music = cinematography = editing =… …   Wikipedia

  • peppier — preppie …   Anagrams dictionary

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