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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Definitions for dandy

  1. Informal. something or someone of exceptional or first-rate quality: Your reply was a dandy.
  2. a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop.
  3. characteristic of a dandy; foppish.

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Citations for dandy
But I actually was fine and dandy. I didn't have to put it on. Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, 1975
Oh, will you? Oh, won't that be just dandy? Now I just know I can get that coat. I just know they'll let me have it, if I talk to them right. Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy, 1925
Origin of dandy
1770-1780
The origin of dandy is unknown, but it arose in the late 1700s on the Scottish border. Its popularity reached an all-time high at the turn of the twentieth century.