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[jim-dan-dee] /ˈdʒɪmˈdæn di/ Informal.
of superior quality; excellent:
a jim-dandy sports car.
noun, plural jim-dandies.
something of superior quality or that is an excellent example of its kind:
The new infirmary is a real jim-dandy.
Origin of jim-dandy
1875-80; special use of Jim (proper name) + dandy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You're a jim-dandy with the twine, all right," said the seine-master admiringly.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He's pretty well on, but he's a jim-dandy after-dinner speaker.

  • That's a jim-dandy idea of yours, old horse, about mosquitoes.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • You'd better appreciate it, for it's going to be a jim-dandy one.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
  • He was a jim-dandy of a cook an' could get good money ashore.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He cert'nly must have been a jim-dandy boy if that is all true.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • Well, it's a regular jim-dandy cracker-jack—some swell clump, eh?

    The Definite Object

    Jeffery Farnol
  • This has the makin's of a jim-dandy suburb, an' it sure looks like it'll be some popular.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Our new ledge is a jim-dandy; and seem' as I cheated the woman out of her cassiterite, I'm bound to make it good in yellow gold.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Now, Ill show you what a jim-dandy architect nature is, said Percy.

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
Word Origin and History for jim-dandy

"remarkable person or thing," 1844, perhaps from an old song, "Dandy Jim of Caroline" (1840s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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: Anacin is a jim-dandy remedy


A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, humdinger (1844+)

[perhaps fr an early 1840s song ''Dandy Jim of Caroline'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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