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 dandyish (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 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 In a way, this is throwback style: During the Renaissance, lace shirts were a staple for male dandies, and pink was a masculine color in the 1920s well before Barbie took it over. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 Young people of color, young Asian men who are wildly open to the avant-garde, new dandies who refuse to be stereotyped as belonging to any class—the entire choir of voices who are infinitely expanding the sense of what gender identity is. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There was a monocled dandy, a Supreme label queen, a beach babe in a pineapple dress and bunny ears, an avatar dressed as Frida Kahlo, complete with unibrow. New York Times, "Cute Dress. How Many Bells Did You Pay?," 6 May 2020 That’s all fine and dandy until refugees want to come to their place for sanctuary and the First Nation people dealing with the crisis have to weigh morality vs. survival, even among their own family. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix love story 'The Half of It,' Rob Morgan's 'Bull' are worth the ride," 30 Apr. 2020 The news is as fine and dandy (like sour candy) after scans of a healthy Marge only predicted four lambs. Fox News, "Female sheep 'Marge' gives birth to five lambs, including 'Bart' and 'Lisa'," 28 Apr. 2020 And while sponges, mops, and feather dusters are all fine and dandy, there is one cleaning tool that tops them all: the stick vacuum. Popular Science, "Stick vacuums that make cleaning your floors quick and easy," 28 Apr. 2020 The dandy, the flâneur, even the creeper weren’t solutions so much as doomed attempts to make do, for a time—as a stopgap, not a permanent remedy, which is how the doctrine was inadvertently received. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 The narrative travels alongside Pozzi at moments, and then forgets him entirely to take up the history of the duel and the dandy, Oscar Wilde’s trial and the mysterious fate of Bernhardt’s amputated right leg. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Julian Barnes, Playing Against Character, Writes About a Character of Action and Appetite," 18 Feb. 2020 The matchup to watch is Indiana diaper dandy freshman, F Trayce Jackson-Davis, going head-to-head with Michigan junior, F Isaiah Livers, who both lead their respective teams in points per game. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 16 Feb. 2020 With its 3-inch blade, multiple carry options and relatively light weight, this would be a dandy EDC knife. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 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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Time Traveler for dandy

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The first known use of dandy was circa 1780

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14 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dandy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandy. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for dandy

dandy

noun
How to pronounce dandy (audio)

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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