noun, plural dan·dies.
adjective, dan·di·er, dan·di·est.
- dandy brush,
- dandy fever,
- dandy operation,
- dandy roll,
Origin of dandy
Examples from the Web for dandyish
He was now in full afternoon costume, and, if not dandyish, was undeniably well dressed.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane|Mark Rutherford
noun plural -dies
adjective -dier or -diest
Word Origin 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.
see fine and dandy.