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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Definitions for dandy

  1. Informal. something or someone of exceptional or first-rate quality: Your reply was a dandy.
  2. a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
  3. characteristic of a dandy; foppish.

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Citations for dandy
But I actually was fine and dandy. I didn't have to put it on. Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, 1975
Oh, will you? Oh, won't that be just dandy? Now I just know I can get that coat. I just know they'll let me have it, if I talk to them right. Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy, 1925
Origin of dandy
The origin of dandy is unknown, but it arose in the late 1700s on the Scottish border. Its popularity reached an all-time high at the turn of the twentieth century.