Borrowed from Scots dandy
; one who is well-dressed”). Of uncertain origin.
Possibly from Dandy
, a diminutive of Andrew
, yet the Scots word is used also in reference to women. Alternatively, possibly a back-formation of Scots dandilly
(“one who is spoiled or pampered; a "pet"”). Compare English dandle
- A man very concerned about his physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self.
- 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 60, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
The gallant young Indian dandy at home on furlough — immense dandies these — chained and moustached — driving in tearing cabs, the pillars of the theatres, living at West End Hotels, — […]
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter VI, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 68:
No town-bred dandy will compare with a country-bred one—I mean a downright bumpkin dandy–a fellow that, in the dog-days, will mow his two acres in buckskin gloves for fear of tanning his hands.
- (Britain, nautical) A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.
- A dandy roller.
terms derived from dandy (noun)
man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance
- Bulgarian: конте(konte), франт m(frant)
- Danish: laps (da) c, modeherre c
- Finnish: keikari (fi)
- French: dandy (fr)
- German: Dandy (de) m, Pinkel (de) m
- Hindi: छैल (hi) m(chail), छैला (hi)(chailā), बाँका (hi)(bā̃kā), रंगीला(raṅgīlā)
- Irish: gaige m, scóitséir m
- Italian: damerino (it) m, bellimbusto (it) m, figurino (it) m, fighetto m, fichetto (it) m
- Latin: formaster m
- Polish: dandys (pl) m, dandy (pl) m, goguś (pl) m, modniś (pl) m
- Russian: де́нди (ru) m(dɛ́ndi), франт (ru) m (frant), щёголь (ru) m(ščógolʹ), пижо́н (ru) m (pižón), хлыщ (ru) m (xlyšč), фат (ru) m (fat)
- Serbo-Croatian: kicoš (sh) m, dasa (sh) m
- Spanish: dandy m, dandi (es) m, gomoso (es) m, petimetre (es) m, pisaverde (es) m, lechuguino m, boquirrubio (es) m
small after-sail on a yawl
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- Like a dandy, foppish.
- Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be.
- Excellent; first-rate.
- 1924, Boys' Life, page 27:
Grip Sures are dandy shoes for anything that comes along. Hiking, climbing, canoeing, around camp or in the gym — you can't have anything better.
- 1945, Mack David; Alex C Kramer; Joan Whitney (lyrics and music), “Candy”, performed by Nat King Cole:
Its gonna be just dandy / The day I take my Candy / And make him mine all mine
like a dandy
very good; better than expected but not as good as could be
Le dandy doit aspirer à être sublime, sans interruption. Il doit vivre et dormir devant un miroir.
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: /ˈdandi/, [ˈd̪ãn̪.d̪i]
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