Definition of gandy dancer
1 : a laborer in a railroad section gang
2 : an itinerant or seasonal laborer
Origin and Etymology of gandy dancer
of obscure origin ◆Claims that gandy refers to a “Gandy Manufacturing Company” or “Gandy Tool Company,” a supposed maker of section worker tools, have never been substantiated and are probably specious.
First Known Use: 1915See Words from the same year
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