- loose scales formed on the skin and shed from the coat or feathers of various animals, often causing allergic reactions in susceptible persons.
- Informal. anger; temper: Don't get your dander up over such a trifle.
Origin of dander1
- Scot. a stroll; saunter.
- British Dialect. a fit of shivering.
Origin of dander2
Examples from the Web for dander
But you didn't ought to have your dander ris with me, Gen'ral.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
They have a good deal of dander (dandruff) for sich little vipers!Oak Openings
James Fenimore Cooper
But whatever did you do to them, to get their dander up so bad, Giraffe?The Boy Scouts Afoot in France
But as this is our first interview, I must not let my dander rise.'The Golden Butterfly
He's takkin a dander through the buryin' ground wi' Snecky Hobart.'When a Man's Single
J. M. Barrie
- small particles or scales of hair or feathers
- get one's dander up or get someone's dander up informal to become or to cause someone to become annoyed or angry
- a stroll
- (intr) to stroll
Word Origin and History for dander
1831, American English, "temper," of unknown origin; perhaps originally from figurative use of West Indies dander, dunder "fermentation of sugar," from Spanish redundar "to overflow," from Latin redundare (see redundant).
- Small scales from the skin, hair, or feathers of an animal, often causing an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.