What does dandy mean?

Definitions for dandy
ˈdæn didandy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorsenoun

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

  2. yawl, dandyadjective

    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, smashingadjective

    very good

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


  1. dandynoun

    A man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance.

  2. dandynoun

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

  3. dandyadjective

    Like a dandy, foppish.

  4. dandyadjective

    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. dandyadjective

    Almost first rate.

    What a dandy little laptop you have.


  1. Dandy

    A dandy is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance and personal grooming, refined language and leisurely hobbies; every activity pursued with apparent nonchalance. A dandy could be a self-made man in person and persona, who imitated an aristocratic style of life, despite his middle-class origin, birth, and background, especially in the Britain of the late-18th and early-19th centuries.Early manifestations of dandyism were Le petit-maître (the Little Master) and the musky Muscadin ruffians of the middle-class Thermidorean reaction (1794–1795), but modern dandyism appeared in the stratified societies of Europe during the revolutionary period of the 1790s, especially in cultural centres such as London and in Paris. Socially, the dandy cultivated a persona of extreme cynical reserve to the degree that the Victorian novelist George Meredith defined such posed cynicism as "intellectual dandyism"; whereas the kinder Thomas Carlyle, in the novel Sartor Resartus (1831), dismissed the dandy as just "a clothes-wearing man"; and Honoré de Balzac in La fille aux yeux d'or (1835) chronicled the idle life of Henri de Marsay, a model French dandy done in by his obsessive Romanticism in pursuit of love, which included yielding to sexual passion and murderous jealousy. In the metaphysical phase of dandyism, the poet Charles Baudelaire defined the dandy as a man who elevates æsthetics to a religion. That the dandy is an existential reproach of the conformity of the middle-class man, because “dandyism, in certain respects, comes close to spirituality and to stoicism” as an approach to living daily life. That “these beings, have no other status, but that of cultivating the idea of beauty in their own persons, of satisfying their passions, of feeling and thinking . . . [because] Dandyism is a form of Romanticism. Contrary to what many thoughtless people seem to believe, dandyism is not even an excessive delight in clothes and material elegance. For the perfect dandy, these [material] things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of mind.”The linkage of clothing and political protest was a particularly English national characteristic in 18th-century Britain; the sociologic connotation is that dandyism was a reactionary protest against social equality, against the levelling effect of egalitarian principles, thus the dandy is nostalgic for feudal values and the ideals of the perfect gentleman and the autonomous aristocrat — men of self-made person and persona. Paradoxically, the social existence of the dandy required the gaze of spectators, an audience, and readers for their "successfully marketed lives" in the public sphere, as in the cases of the playwright Oscar Wilde and the poet Lord Byron, each of whom personified the two social roles of the dandy: (i) the dandy-as-writer, and (ii) the dandy-as-persona; each role a source of gossip and scandal, each man limited to entertaining high society.


  1. dandy

    A dandy is a man overly concerned with his appearance, particularly in terms of his dress style and grooming, often showing it off in a sophisticated, stylish and elegant way. This term often implies someone who is somewhat self-obsessed and inclined to flamboyancy. It originated from the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain, when it described a man who was very fashionable and who mimicked the manners of the aristocracy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dandynoun

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

  2. Dandynoun

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

  3. Dandynoun

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

  4. Dandynoun

    a dandy roller. See below

  5. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dandy

    A sloop or cutter with a jigger-mast abaft, on which a mizen-lug-sail is set.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Dandy

    From the French dandin, silly fellow, ninny.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DANDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dandy is ranked #18609 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dandy surname appeared 1,480 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dandy.

    47% or 696 total occurrences were White.
    42.5% or 629 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 48 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.6% or 39 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 33 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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

Examples of dandy in a Sentence

  1. Tom Hanks:

    We are just fine, dandy, we had all of the flu-like symptoms. My wife,Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature. And we were isolated so that we would not give it to anyone else.

  2. Roald Dahl:

    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

  3. Delaney Tarr:

    Words are fine and dandy. I ’m glad he [ Trump ] said those words because those are some things that we would like to see. However, I have not seen any taken action to follow through on those steps.

  4. Grover Norquist:

    CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER The United States largest employer, Walmart -- its latest sales were not down, but up. It revised its profit forecast not down, but up. Macroeconomic Advisors, Macroeconomic Advisors, just revised its economic growth projections -- no, not down, but up. And the Atlanta Fed just revised its economic growth projections -- again, not down, but up. In the real economy, the President Trump administrations pro-enterprise agenda is working. Lower taxes and less regulation gave businesses the confidence to invest. That means more innovation and higher worker productivity. That means more jobs are created, and workers are paid more because theyre producing more. The latest jobs report saw 164,000 jobs added in July, bringing the labor force to 163.4 million - a record high. With President President Trump, we have the lowest unemployment for 50 years, and the lowest on record for African-American and Hispanic workers. And just published -- the lowest summer youth unemployment in 53 years. Yes, the lowest since 1966. On workers pay, new data the other week showed that earnings rose 4.5 percentin 2017 and 5 percentin 2018, even higher than previously reported - and miles ahead of inflation. While President Trump pray for a recession and Wall Street plays around with the fake economy, the real economy is booming. So is everything just fine and dandy, with nothing to worry about. Can President President Trump and President Trump team just sit back and ride the economic wave all the way to reelection next year ? Not at all. Theres no question that the rest of the world is doing poorly. China, Germany and the UK -- their economies are all heading in the wrong direction. So what should President Trump do to keep our economy moving ahead ? Its no use just yelling at the Fed -- theres a limit to what they can do. But there are two big things the president can do, on his own initiative, without Congress or anyone else. First is something we told you about in June, a positive and practical idea from Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.Get rid of the tax on inflation, and youll see trillions of dollars redeployed to highest and best use.

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