adjective (preachier; -est) Date: 1819 marked by obvious moralizing ; didactic <
put off by the speaker's preachy tone
preachily adverbpreachiness noun

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  • preachy — (adj.) 1819, from PREACH (Cf. preach) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Preachiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • preachy — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ giving moral advice in a self righteous way …   English terms dictionary

  • preachy — [prē′chē] adj. preachier, preachiest Informal given to or marked by preaching, or moralizing …   English World dictionary

  • preachy — adjective Tending toward excessive moralization. My old fussbudget aunt had a very preachy manner and would prattle on about the dangers of alcohol and other vices. Syn: didactic, moralizing, pious, sanctimonious, sermonizing Ant: impious …   Wiktionary

  • preachy — preach|y [ˈpri:tʃi] adj informal trying too much to persuade people to accept a particular opinion used to show disapproval ▪ a preachy TV show …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preachy — preach|y [ pritʃi ] adjective INFORMAL giving advice or telling people how to behave, in a way that is annoying: a preachy, sentimental film …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • preachy — UK [ˈpriːtʃɪ] / US [ˈprɪtʃɪ] adjective informal giving advice or telling people how to behave, in a way that is annoying a preachy, sentimental film …   English dictionary

  • preachy — preachily, adv. preachiness, n. /pree chee/, adj., preachier, preachiest. tediously or pretentiously didactic. [1810 20; PREACH + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • preachy — Synonyms and related words: admonitory, advisory, cautionary, consultative, consultatory, didactic, directive, exhortative, exhortatory, expostulative, expostulatory, hortative, hortatory, instructive, monitorial, monitory, moral, moralistic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • preachy — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. sanctimonious, holier than thou, monitory; see moral 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Inclined to teach or moralize excessively: didactic, didactical. See TEACH …   English dictionary for students

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