noun, plural dan·dies.

  1. a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
  2. Informal. something or someone of exceptional or first-rate quality: Your reply was a dandy.

adjective, dan·di·er, dan·di·est.

  1. characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
  2. Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.

noun plural -dies

  1. a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
  2. a yawl or ketch

adjective -dier or -diest

  1. informal very good or fine


  1. another name for dengue

c.1780, of uncertain origin; it first appeared in a Scottish border ballad:

I’ve heard my granny crack
O’ sixty twa years back
When there were sic a stock of Dandies O

etc. In that region, Dandy is diminutive of Andrew (as it was in Middle English generally). The word was in vogue in London c.1813-1819. His female counterpart was a dandizette (1821) with French-type ending. The adjective dandy first recorded 1792; very popular c.1880-1900. Related: Dandified; dandify.

see fine and dandy.

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