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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dandynoun

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

    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.]

  2. Dandynoun

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

    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.]

  3. Dandynoun

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

    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.]

  4. Dandynoun

    a dandy roller. See below

    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.

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Roald Dahl:

    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

  4. 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.

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