noun, plural dan·dies.
- a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
- Informal. something or someone of exceptional or first-rate quality: Your reply was a dandy.
adjective, dan·di·er, dan·di·est.
- characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
- Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.
noun plural -dies
- a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
- a yawl or ketch
adjective -dier or -diest
- informal very good or fine
- 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.