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dandy

noun dan·dy \ ˈdan-dē \

Definition of dandy

plural dandies
1 :a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance
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

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Origin and Etymology of dandy

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

dandy Synonyms


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dandy

adjective

Definition of dandy

dandier; dandiest
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of dandy

see 1dandy

dandy Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate


DANDY Defined for English Language Learners

dandy

noun

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


dandy

adjective

Definition of dandy for English Language Learners

  • : very good


DANDY Defined for Kids

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dandy

noun dan·dy \ ˈdan-dē \

Definition of dandy for Students

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

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dandy

adjective

Definition of dandy for Students

dandier; dandiest
:very good
  • We had a dandy time.


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