noun \ˈdan-dē\

: a man who cares too much about his clothing and personal appearance

: something that is very good or impressive : a very good example of something

plural dandies

Full Definition of DANDY

:  a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance
:  something excellent in its class
dan·dy·ish \-dē-ish\ adjective
dan·dy·ish·ly adverb

Examples of DANDY

  1. That was a dandy of a game.
  2. <that dandy was willing to spend all day and hundreds of dollars just to get the perfect pair of shoes>

Origin of DANDY

probably short for jack-a-dandy, from 1jack + a (of) + dandy (origin unknown)
First Known Use: circa 1780



: very good


Full Definition of DANDY

:  of, relating to, or suggestive of a dandy :  foppish
:  very good :  first-rate <a dandy place to stay>

Examples of DANDY

  1. We thought something was wrong, but he said everything was just fine and dandy.
  2. <that's a dandy new racing bike>

First Known Use of DANDY


Related to DANDY

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, excellent, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched


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