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 dandyism
This is the explanation of the dandyism that has shocked more than one of his critics.The Life of James McNeill Whistler|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Thus happy in the approval of his family, the young Count made a spirited beginning in the perilous and costly ways of dandyism.The Collection of Antiquities|Honore de Balzac
He carried a cane, which was an unusual bit of dandyism in Riverbank, and he was what Miss Redding called "dressy."In Pawn|Ellis Parker Butler
His dress was fashionable, faultless, and eminently exquisite, cut in the most approved style of dandyism.The White Rose of Memphis|William C. Falkner
Did some of the dandyism of the French dragoon survive in the old Philipsburgh farmer?The Continental Dragoon|Robert Neilson Stephens
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.