What does dandy mean?

Definitions for dandyˈdæn di

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dandy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorse(noun)

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

  2. yawl, dandy(adj)

    a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost

  3. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"


  1. dandy(Noun)

    A man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance.

  2. dandy(Noun)

    A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.

  3. dandy(Adjective)

    Like a dandy, foppish.

  4. dandy(Adjective)

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

    That's all fine and dandy, but how much does it cost?

  5. dandy(Adjective)

    Almost first rate.

    What a dandy little laptop you have.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dandy(noun)

    one who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb

  2. Dandy(noun)

    a sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set

  3. Dandy(noun)

    a small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats; -- called also jigger, and mizzen

  4. Dandy(noun)

    a dandy roller. See below

  5. 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 etymology.]


  1. Dandy

    A dandy is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self. Historically, especially in late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain, a dandy, who was self-made, often strove to imitate an aristocratic lifestyle despite coming from a middle-class background. Though previous manifestations of the petit-maître and the Muscadin have been noted by John C. Prevost, the modern practice of dandyism first appeared in the revolutionary 1790s, both in London and in Paris. The dandy cultivated skeptical reserve, yet to such extremes that the novelist George Meredith, himself no dandy, once defined "cynicism" as "intellectual dandyism"; nevertheless, the Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the great dandies of literature. Some took a more benign view; Thomas Carlyle in his book Sartor Resartus, wrote that a dandy was no more than "a clothes-wearing man". Honoré de Balzac introduced the perfectly worldly and unmoved Henri de Marsay in La fille aux yeux d'or, a part of La Comédie Humaine, who fulfils at first the model of a perfect dandy, until an obsessive love-pursuit unravels him in passionate and murderous jealousy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dandy

    dan′di, n. a foppish, silly fellow: one who pays much attention to dress.—v.t. Dan′dify, to dress up as a dandy.—adv. Dan′dily, like a dandy.—ns. Dan′dy-brush, a hard brush of whalebone bristles; Dan′dy-cock, a bantam; Dan′dy-fē′ver (see Dengue); Dan′dy-horse, a velocipede.—adj. Dan′dyish.—n. Dan′dyism. [Perh. from Fr. dandin, a ninny; and prob. from root of dandle.]

  2. Dandy

    dan′di, n. a sloop-like vessel having a jigger-mast abaft.—n. Dandy-rigged cutter.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dandy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dandy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Roald Dahl:

    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

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