Definition of Dandy

1. Noun. A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance.

Exact synonyms: Beau, Clotheshorse, Dude, Fashion Plate, Fop, Gallant, Sheik, Swell
Specialized synonyms: Cockscomb, Coxcomb, Macaroni
Generic synonyms: Adult Male, Man
Specialized synonyms: Beau Brummell, Brummell, George Bryan Brummell
Derivative terms: Dandify

2. Adjective. Very good. "You look simply smashing"
Exact synonyms: Bang-up, Bully, Corking, Cracking, Great, Groovy, Keen, Neat, Nifty, Not Bad, Peachy, Slap-up, Smashing, Swell
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Good

3. Noun. A sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost.
Exact synonyms: Yawl
Generic synonyms: Sailing Ship, Sailing Vessel

Definition of Dandy

1. n. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb.

Definition of Dandy

1. Adjective. Like a dandy, foppish. ¹

2. Adjective. Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be. ¹

3. Adjective. Almost first rate. ¹

4. Noun. A man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance. ¹

5. Noun. (British nautical) A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl. ¹

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Definition of Dandy

1. fine [adj -DIER, -DIEST] / a man who is overly concerned about his appearance [n -DIES] - See also: fine

Medical Definition of Dandy

1. Origin: Cf. F. Dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. Allied to E. Dandle. Senses 2&3 are of uncertain etymol. 1. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb. 2. A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set. A small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats. Synonym: jigger, and mizzen. 3. A dandy roller. See below. Dandy brush, a yard whalebone brush. Dandy fever. See Dengue. Dandy line, a kind of fishing line to which are attached several crosspieces of whalebone which carry a hook at each end. Dandy roller, a roller sieve used in machines for making paper, to press out water from the pulp, and set the paper. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dandy

dandle board
dandy (current term)
dandy fever
dane particle

Literary usage of Dandy

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1. Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1900)
"Ainsworth, in hit Dictionary, renders handy-dandy by " digitis ... Johnson says : " Handy-dandy, a play in which children change hands and places : ' See ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"dandy. A coxcomb; a fop. Tbe feminine of " dandy " is either ... The manners, etc., of a dandy ; like a dandy. Dane's Skin (A). A freckled skin. ..."

3. Archives of Maryland by Maryland Historical Society (1887)
"3 John dandy demandeth of Thomas Boys six hundred w' tob & cask due vpon accompt. 4 5th August 1642 4 John dandy demandeth of William How- kins eleven ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Like a dandy; of dandy appearance. A smart dandi/ith landlord. ... To be or become a dandy; act like a dandy. [Rare in both uses. ..."

5. The English Novel: A Study in the Development of Personality by Sidney Lanier (1914)
"But surely — I do not mean this disrespectfully — what age of time ever yielded such a dandy as the founder of this school, Whitman himself? ..."

6. Modern Pulp and Paper Making: A Practical Treatise by George Strong Witham (1920)
"The dandy should never be placed right over a tube roll. It should be placed between two tube rolls, but the distance between centers should never be so ..."

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