- 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.
- characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
- Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.
Origin of dandy
Examples from the Web for dandy
As well as being less flirtatious, Capaldi is far less of a dandy.Doctor Who’s ‘Deep Breath’: The 2,000-Year-Old Time Lord Grows Up
August 8, 2014
Gary Hume dressed as a Mexican dandy and sold tequila slammers.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten
January 17, 2014
That's all fine and dandy, except that it propagates a potentially false story from an unsavory source.How Israeli Government Officials Fueled A Conspiracy Website Story About Iran
January 28, 2013
The substance of their positions, to them, is fine and dandy.Michael Tomasky on the Ridiculousness of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio
December 6, 2012
Toff, (slang) n: a person of the upper classes; a swell, dandy; a good sort.David Cameron’s Toff Problem
May 3, 2012
She had been to business college and was a dandy stenographer.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I think that was just Saunders trying to make a dandy good job of it.
"He's a dandy if he catches Baumberger," Miss Georgie averred, gloomily.
And I thought of a dandy idea, it's what they call an inspiration.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
They know Dandy Jack, and are philosophically resigned to their fate.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
- a yawl or ketch
- informal very good or fine
- another name for dengue
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.
Idioms and Phrases with dandy
see fine and dandy.