noun, plural dan·dies.
adjective, dan·di·er, dan·di·est.
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|Nico Hines|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Anthony Haden-Guest|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ali Gharib|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The substance of their positions, to them, is fine and dandy.Michael Tomasky on the Ridiculousness of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio|Michael Tomasky|December 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Toff, (slang) n: a person of the upper classes; a swell, dandy; a good sort.
Dandy party given for me after it, by Thomas J. Watersell, the steel man.The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis
In three days there were no more rats left, and Dandy began to utter his weird, blood-curdling howls—he wanted to come on deck.The Call Of The South|Louis Becke
Before he could emerge from the water, the future dandy author of Pelham had to borrow a suit of corduroys from a rustic.
Then the burly fellow turned suddenly to Martin: "Here, you son of a dandy!"Quintus Oakes|Charles Ross Jackson
Then he twirled fiercely at both ends of his mustache till it stood out with the wire finish of a Parisian dandy.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for dandy (1 of 2)
noun plural -dies
adjective -dier or -diest
Word Origin for dandy
British Dictionary definitions for dandy (2 of 2)
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.