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dress·y

 (drĕs′ē)
adj. dress·i·er, dress·i·est
1. Requiring or characterized by formal dress: a dressy occasion.
2. Formal or elegant in style: dressy shoes.
3. Given to wearing formal or expensive clothes: dressy professionals.

dress′i·ness n.
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dressy

(ˈdrɛsɪ)
adj, dressier or dressiest
1. (Clothing & Fashion) (of clothes) elegant
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (of persons) dressing stylishly
3. over-elegant
ˈdressily adv
ˈdressiness n
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dress•y

(ˈdrɛs i)

adj. dress•i•er, dress•i•est.
1. appropriate to more formal or festive occasions: This blouse is too dressy for the office.
2. fancy or stylish.
[1760–70]
dress′i•ly, adv.
dress′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dressy - in fancy clothing
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
fancy - not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
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dressy

adjective elegant, formal, smart, elaborate, stylish, classy (slang), ornate, swish (informal, chiefly Brit.), ritzy (slang) I go to work in quite dressy clothes
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dressy

adjective
Requiring elegant clothes and fine manners:
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Translations

dressy

[ˈdresɪ] ADJ (dressier (compar) (dressiest (superl))) [person] → de mucho vestir; [clothing] → elegante
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

dressy

[ˈdrɛsi] adj (= smart) [clothes] → (qui fait) habillé(e)
to be dressy [garment] → être chic
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

dressy

adj (+er) (inf) clotheselegant; personelegant angezogen; eventvornehm; do you think I look/a long skirt would be too dressy?meinst du, dass ich zu fein angezogen bin/ein langer Rock übertrieben wäre?
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dressy

[ˈdrɛsɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → elegante
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Huge colourful umbrellas bobbed around in the energetic crowd, the talking drums throbbed as though we were back in ancient times, the ladies were at their dressiest, even the sun did not want to be left out, and when the Asantehene (the King of Asante) Otumfuo Osei Tutu II entered the Baba Yara Stadium in the centre of Kumasi, the Asante capital, borne aloft in his magnificently decorated palanquin, the roar from 30,000 or so throats would have taken the roof off the stadium if there were one.