noun, plural dandies.
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, dandier, dandiest.
characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.

1770–80; origin uncertain

dandily, dandyishly, dandiacally [dan-dahy-uhk-lee] , adverb
dandyish, dandiacal, adjective
dandyism, noun
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dandy1 (ˈdændɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  a man greatly concerned with smartness of dress; beau
2.  a yawl or ketch
adj , -dies, -dier, -diest
3.  informal very good or fine
[C18: perhaps short for jack-a-dandy]

dandy2 (ˈdændɪ)
another name for dengue

dengue or dandy (ˈdɛŋɡɪ, ˈdændɪ)
Also called: breakbone fever an acute viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by headache, fever, pains in the joints, and skin rash
[C19: from Spanish, probably of African origin; compare Swahili kidinga]
dandy or dandy
[C19: from Spanish, probably of African origin; compare Swahili kidinga]

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Word Origin & History

c.1780, of uncertain origin, 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 dim. of Andrew. In vogue in London c.1813-19. His fem. counterpart was a dandizette (1821) with Fr.-type ending. The adjective dandy first recorded 1792; very popular c.1880-1900.
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Idioms & Phrases


see fine and dandy.

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Example sentences
Which all sounds fine and dandy until you start applying it to particular cases.
All is fine and dandy in their imaginations, but the final results leave a bit
  to be desired.
That's fine and dandy if the article would call spade a spade.
It could be used as a dandy doorstop, or a stepstool, or tinder for a really
  good fire.
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