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  1. of superior quality; excellent: a jim-dandy sports car.
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noun, plural jim-dan·dies.
  1. something of superior quality or that is an excellent example of its kind: The new infirmary is a real jim-dandy.
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Origin of jim-dandy

1875–80; special use of Jim (proper name) + dandy
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Examples from the Web for jim-dandy

Historical Examples

  • "You're a jim-dandy with the twine, all right," said the seine-master admiringly.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • He's pretty well on, but he's a Jim-dandy after-dinner speaker.

  • That's a jim-dandy idea of yours, old horse, about mosquitoes.

    Skippy Bedelle

    Owen Johnson

  • You'd better appreciate it, for it's going to be a jim-dandy one.

    Hope Hathaway

    Frances Parker

  • He was a jim-dandy of a cook an' could get good money ashore.

Word Origin and History for jim-dandy


"remarkable person or thing," 1844, perhaps from an old song, "Dandy Jim of Caroline" (1840s).

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