dandy - Wiktionary
dandy
See also: Dandy
English
Etymology
Borrowed from Scots dandy (“a fop; 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, dandillie (“one who is spoiled or pampered; a "pet"”). Compare English dandle and dander.
Pronunciation
Noun
dandy (plural dandies)
  1. A man very concerned about his physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:dandy
  2. (Britain, nautical) A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.
  3. A dandy roller.
Derived terms
terms derived from dandy (noun)
Descendants
See also
Translations
man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance
yawl — see yawl
small after-sail on a yawl
Finnish: mesaani
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
Spanish: (please verify)pijo (es) m (Spain), (please verify) pitoco m(Venezuela), (please verify) pituco (es) m(River Plate), (please verify) popis (es)(Mexico)
Adjective
dandy (comparative dandier, superlativedandiest)
  1. Like a dandy, foppish.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:foppish
  2. Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be.
    Synonyms: all very well, well and good
    That's all fine and dandy, but how much does it cost?
  3. Excellent; first-rate.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:excellent
    What a dandy little laptop you have.
    • 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
Translations
like a dandy
very good; better than expected but not as good as could be
first-rate
Norwegian: kjekk m, snasen m (slang), snerten m
Dutch
Etymology
Borrowed from English dandy.
Pronunciation
Noun
dandy m (plural dandy's, diminutive dandy'tje n)
dandy
Synonyms: fat, pronker
Finnish
Etymology
Borrowed from English dandy.
Pronunciation
IPA(key): /ˈdændi/, [ˈdændi]
Noun
dandy
dandy
Declension
Inflection of dandy (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominativedandydandyt
genitivedandyndandyjen
partitivedandyädandyjä
illativedandyyndandyihin
singularplural
nominativedandydandyt
accusativenom.dandydandyt
gen.dandyn
genitivedandyndandyjen
partitivedandyädandyjä
inessivedandyssädandyissä
elativedandystädandyistä
illativedandyyndandyihin
adessivedandyllädandyillä
ablativedandyltädandyiltä
allativedandylledandyille
essivedandynädandyinä
translativedandyksidandyiksi
instructivedandyin
abessivedandyttädandyittä
comitativedandyineen
Possessive forms of dandy (type valo)
possessorsingularplural
1st persondandynidandymme
2nd persondandysidandynne
3rd persondandynsä
French
Etymology
English dandy
Pronunciation
IPA(key): /dɑ̃.di/
Noun
dandy m (plural dandys or dandies)
dandy
1864, Charles Baudelaire, Mon cœur mis à nu:
Le dandy doit aspirer à être sublime, sans interruption. Il doit vivre et dormir devant un miroir.
(please add an English translation of this quote)
Further reading
dandy” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
Spanish
Alternative forms
dandi
Etymology
Borrowed from English dandy.
Pronunciation
IPA(key): /ˈdandi/, [ˈd̪ãn̪.d̪i]
Noun
dandy m (plural dandys)
dandy
Further reading
dandi” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.
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