[ dan-dee ]
/ ˈdæn di /
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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.
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Origin of dandy
First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM dandydan·di·ly, dan·dy·ish·ly, dan·di·a·cal·ly [dan-dahy-uhk-lee], /dænˈdaɪ ək li/, adverbdan·dy·ish, dan·di·a·cal, adjectivedan·dy·ism, noun
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How to use dandy in a sentence
The uniform coats are red, with gilt buttons, the pants are a dark plaid; they look dandyish.The Cathedral Towns and Intervening Places of England, Ireland and Scotland:|Thomas W. Silloway
He is a mustachioed, dandyish-looking fellow, and stared through his quizzing glass in a style quite amusing.
He was now in full afternoon costume, and, if not dandyish, was undeniably well dressed.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane|Mark Rutherford
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 dandydandily, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with dandy
see fine and dandy.
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