[ dan-dee ]
/ ˈdæn di /

noun, plural dan·dies.

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, dan·di·er, dan·di·est.

characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.

Origin of dandy

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain


dan·di·ly, dan·dy·ish·ly, dan·di·a·cal·ly [dan-dahy-uh k-lee] /dænˈdaɪ ək li/, adverbdan·dy·ish, dan·di·a·cal, adjectivedan·dy·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dandy (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdændɪ) /

noun plural -dies

a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
a yawl or ketch

adjective -dier or -diest

informal very good or fine

Derived forms of dandy

dandily, adverbdandyish, adjectivedandyism, noun

Word Origin for dandy

C18: perhaps short for jack-a-dandy

British Dictionary definitions for dandy (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdændɪ) /


another name for dengue
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Idioms and Phrases with dandy


see fine and dandy.

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