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


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

Other Words from dandy


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With each character trait that was added, the image of Wags as a dandy of the Wall Street underworld came into focus. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 1 Oct. 2021 In Abercrombie’s fiction, the shining hero on horseback may be the most wretched cretin of them all, while the dandy of a prince, despised by his own people, is the one person with real courage and decency. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 But this year, Kansas State has a dandy of a running back in freshman Deuce Vaughn. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, 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, 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, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2019 The first large Baignoire was a model for men, for dandies. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Oh sure, that leafy green vegetable that Popeye relied on so heavily is fine and dandy, but that thick stuff that runs along the fairways of golf courses far and wide? Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Here’s a handy-dandy A-Z (or A-W) guide to the most important and their comics origins. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The era is marked by the dandy, known better as the Aesthetic Dress movement, which was popularized by writer, Oscar Wilde. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Four years ago, Johnnie Walker added a female foil, Jane Walker, to go toe to toe with the company’s strutting dandy. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 On the long bicycle ride to her ramshackle home in the woods, Svetla gets propositioned by old dandy Ivan (Ivan Savov), the closest thing left to a local tycoon. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 10 Mar. 2022 Golden Nest makes dandy corned beef hash, as a main dish ($15, with eggs) or a side ($5). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2021 With directorial efforts like Spy, The Heat and Ghostbusters earning north of $1.2 billion in the past decade and a reputation for donning three-piece suits, Paul Feig may be Hollywood’s highest-grossing dandy. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 The Linton-Stockton vs. Providence game should be a dandy in the second game at Southridge. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dandy


circa 1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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“Dandy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandy. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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


dandier; dandiest

Kids Definition of dandy (Entry 2 of 2)

: very good We had a dandy time.

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