- 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.
- characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
- Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.
Origin of dandy
Examples from the Web for dandyish
Historical Examples of dandyish
He was now in full afternoon costume, and, if not dandyish, was undeniably well dressed.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane
- a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
- a yawl or ketch
- informal very good or fine
Word Origin for dandy
- another name for dengue
Word Origin and History for dandyish
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 dandyish
see fine and dandy.