dandyism

dandy

[dan-dee]
noun, plural dandies.
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, dandier, dandiest.
3.
characteristic of a dandy; foppish.
4.
Informal. fine; excellent; first-rate: a dandy vacation spot.

Origin:
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]
 
'dandily1
 
adv
 
'dandyish1
 
adj
 
'dandyism1
 
n

dandy2 (ˈdændɪ)
 
n
another name for dengue

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dandy
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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