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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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Examples from the Web for dandyism
Historical Examples
  • She had all Winton's dandyism, and just so much more as was appropriate to her sex.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • This young man is "void of understanding;" his dandyism will be chronic.

  • I do not mean to surrender to you the palm for smartness and dandyism.

  • There is no greater mistake than to suppose that dandyism is antagonistic to pluck.

    Marion Fay

    Anthony Trollope
  • At this period, Balzac was passing through a second attack of dandyism.

    Honoré de Balzac Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
  • Mr. Horne was rather inclined to dandyism, in an innocent way.

    Relics of General Chasse Anthony Trollope
  • dandyism means the ruin of one's clothes from the æsthetic point of view.

  • Moreover, it gave occasion for his dandyism and his love of display.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • For it was as a Knight of the Garter that he had set the perfect seal on his dandyism.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • But we were both cured, certainly, for the time, of any love of display or dandyism!

    My Young Days Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for dandyism


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 dandyism



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 dandyism



: 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+)

Related Terms

hotsie-totsie, jim-dandy

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