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[dan-dee] /ˈdæn di/
noun, plural dandies.
a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
Informal. something or someone of exceptional or first-rate quality:
Your reply was a dandy.
adjective, dandier, dandiest.
characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate:
a dandy vacation spot.
Origin of dandy
First recorded in 1770-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
dandily, dandyishly, dandiacally
[dan-dahy-uh k-lee] /dænˈdaɪ ək li/ (Show IPA),
dandyish, dandiacal, adjective
dandyism, noun Unabridged
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  • They said they would have to hand it to Foley—he was a dandy.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • He was not a dandy, and the clothes question did not trouble him.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • There was a nice ending to it too, although the dandy Rocket ball was lost in the old crow's nest.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • We put dandy down there to catch rats, and gave him nothing but water.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • He had made his brother promise to take dandy to his owner and bring back the reward, and that was happiness for one day.

    The Boy Trapper Harry Castlemon
British Dictionary definitions for dandy


noun (pl) -dies
a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
a yawl or ketch
adjective -dier, -diest
(informal) very good or fine
Derived Forms
dandily, adverb
dandyish, adjective
dandyism, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps short for jack-a-dandy


another name for dengue
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Word Origin and History for dandy

c.1780, of uncertain origin; it first appeared in a Scottish border ballad:

I've heard my granny crack
O' sixty twa years back
When there were sic a stock of Dandies O
etc. In that region, Dandy is diminutive of Andrew (as it was in Middle English generally). The word was in vogue in London c.1813-1819. His female counterpart was a dandizette (1821) with French-type ending. The adjective dandy first recorded 1792; very popular c.1880-1900. Related: Dandified; dandify.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dandy



: a dandy idea


: He does it dandy/ We get on just dandy


A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc •Attested from 1784 in the form the dandy: You should get one, it's a dandy (1880s+, very popular 1900+)

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hotsie-totsie, jim-dandy

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