- of superior quality; excellent: a jim-dandy sports car.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for jim-dandy
"You're a jim-dandy with the twine, all right," said the seine-master admiringly.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
He's pretty well on, but he's a Jim-dandy after-dinner speaker.A Christmas Accident and Other Stories
Annie Eliot Trumbull
That's a jim-dandy idea of yours, old horse, about mosquitoes.Skippy Bedelle
You'd better appreciate it, for it's going to be a jim-dandy one.Hope Hathaway
He was a jim-dandy of a cook an' could get good money ashore.The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers
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