- 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 dandyism
She had all Winton's dandyism, and just so much more as was appropriate to her sex.Beyond
This young man is "void of understanding;" his dandyism will be chronic.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Proverbs
R. F. Horton
I do not mean to surrender to you the palm for smartness and dandyism.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo
There is no greater mistake than to suppose that dandyism is antagonistic to pluck.Marion Fay
At this period, Balzac was passing through a second attack of dandyism.Honoré de Balzac
Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
- a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
- a yawl or ketch
- informal very good or fine
- another name for dengue
Word Origin and History for dandyism
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 dandyism
see fine and dandy.