dandy

noun
dan·​dy | \ ˈdan-dē How to pronounce dandy (audio) \
plural dandies

Definition of dandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance
2 : something excellent in its class a dandy of a game

dandy

adjective
dandier; dandiest

Definition of dandy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance : foppish
2 : very good : first-rate a dandy place to stay I have a couple of friends … who think a recession is a dandy time to try to discover better and cheaper ways to do things.— Thomas Friedman

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Other Words from dandy

Noun

dandyish \ ˈdan-​dē-​ish How to pronounce dandy (audio) \ adjective
dandyishly adverb

Examples of dandy in a Sentence

Noun That was a dandy of a game. that dandy was willing to spend all day and hundreds of dollars just to get the perfect pair of shoes Adjective We thought something was wrong, but he said everything was just fine and dandy. that's a dandy new racing bike
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But this year, Kansas State has a dandy of a running back in freshman Deuce Vaughn. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about Kansas State, including a newly improved QB," 30 Sep. 2020 The champions and runners-up in the Western Conference from last year square off in what's sure to be a dandy of a match. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "What you need to know about Phoenix Rising FC's return to action," 12 July 2020 Last night, dappers and dandies gathered at—where else?—. Jazz and chatter filled the legendary shop as editors, models, and men-about-town toasted the opening of Bergdorf’s Bar. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Dappers and Dandies Gathered to Celebrate the Opening of Bergdorf’s Bar," 31 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Ryan Colbert is the straw that stirs the mystery as a devious dandy in the first play before becoming a wide-eyed med-tech nerd in the second. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Park Square shows off Christie’s mastery of mystery in fun fashion," 20 July 2019 There are other solid dancing performances, too; Luca De-Poli and Joshua Stayton and the corps de ballet, who are called into service as everything from Munchkins and dancing bricks to dandies and Popcorn Girls who enliven the Emerald City streets. Cincinnati.com, "Onstage tornadoes, flying monkeys, dancing poppies: 'Wizard of Oz' ballet is 'spectacular'," 26 Oct. 2019 The first large Baignoire was a model for men, for dandies. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Why Grand Duchess Vladimir, a Long-Gone Romanov, Continues to Inspire Cartier's Watch Designs," 1 Oct. 2019 Wu’s pink knit cardigan and matching T-shirt were a striking combination that stood out even among the season’s front row dandies. Vogue, "Kris Wu Makes the Case for Granny Chic at Louis Vuitton," 20 June 2019 Men wore leopard print, too: The late-18th-century British macaroni dandies, as in Yankee Doodle, were fond of it. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Is Leopard Print Tacky or Classic? A Historical Debate," 18 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For The New Yorker’s ninety-sixth anniversary, Sergio García Sánchez draws the magazine’s trademark dandy, Eustace Tilley, masked and with a vaccine dose in hand. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Sergio García Sánchez’s “Eustace Tilley at Ninety-six”," 8 Feb. 2021 There are plenty of winter trout in the waterways, though, and some dandy trophy trout are being caught. cleveland, "Rivers low, slow and full of trout: Cleveland-area fishing report for the weekend of Jan. 22-24, 2021," 21 Jan. 2021 The luxe 82-room Delamar Greenwich Harbor hotel is a dandy base for an artsy interlude. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Not looking for romance? Check in here," 20 Jan. 2021 The stockings included some dandy trophy brook, brown and golden rainbow trout, as well. cleveland, "Wind, snow, plummeting temps greet holiday anglers: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Dec. 25-27," 24 Dec. 2020 The 20 gauge is the frontrunner, but a 12 gauge isn’t overkill, a 16 is sweet, and a 28 makes a dandy little grouse gun. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 Something of a dandy, Toby runs a rough assortment of helpers—babysitters and pavement artists, in the argot of the trade. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "John le Carré Missed Nothing," 14 Dec. 2020 Naturally, the aesthetic builds on the historic connections between Oscar Wilde and the dandy characters that were once heavily associated with Mayfair. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Mayfair Townhouse Is Set to Open in London," 2 Dec. 2020 And just like that, everything was all fine and dandy again. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Pat Sajak Go Off on This “Ungrateful” 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant and Later Apologize," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dandy

Noun

circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dandy

Noun and Adjective

probably short for jack-a-dandy, from jack entry 1 + a (of) + dandy (origin unknown)

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The first known use of dandy was circa 1780

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“Dandy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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dandy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned : a man who cares too much about his clothing and personal appearance
chiefly US, informal : something that is very good or impressive : a very good example of something

dandy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dandy (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned : very good

dandy

noun
dan·​dy | \ ˈdan-dē How to pronounce dandy (audio) \
plural dandies

Kids Definition of dandy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man who is extremely interested in his clothes and appearance
2 : something excellent or unusual

dandy

adjective
dandier; dandiest

Kids Definition of dandy (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good We had a dandy time.

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