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dandy

play
noun dan·dy \ˈdan-dē\

Definition of dandy

plural

dandies

  1. 1 :  a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance

  2. 2 :  something excellent in its class a dandy of a game

dandyish

play \-dē-ish\ adjective

dandyishly

adverb

Examples of dandy in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of dandy

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


First Known Use: circa 1780


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dandy

adjective dan·dy

Definition of dandy

dandier

;

dandiest

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suggestive of a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance :  foppish

  2. 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

Examples of dandy in a sentence

  1. We thought something was wrong, but he said everything was just fine and dandy.

  2. that's a dandy new racing bike

Origin and Etymology of dandy

see 1dandy


First Known Use: 1792



DANDY Defined for English Language Learners

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dandy

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noun dan·dy \ˈdan-dē\

Definition of dandy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


2

dandy

adjective dan·dy

Definition of dandy for English Language Learners

  • : very good


DANDY Defined for Kids

1

dandy

play
noun dan·dy \ˈdan-dē\

Definition of dandy for Students

plural

dandies

  1. 1 :  a man who is extremely interested in his clothes and appearance

  2. 2 :  something excellent or unusual


2

dandy

play
adjective dan·dy

Definition of dandy for Students

dandier

;

dandiest

  1. :  very good We had a dandy time.



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