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dandy

Definitions

  • HANDY SPANDY, JACK-A-DANDY
    HANDY SPANDY, JACK-A-DANDY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dandy very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • n dandy a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
    • n dandy a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Dandy-horse The Dandy-horse

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.
    • Dandy A dandy roller. See below.
    • Dandy (Naut) A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set.
    • Dandy (Naut) A small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats; -- called also jigger, and mizzen.
    • Dandy One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dandy A man who attracts attention by the unusual finery of his dress and a corresponding fastidiousness or display of manner; a man of excessive neatness and primness in his attire and action; an exquisite; a fop.
    • n dandy Something very neat or dainty. —
    • n dandy An accessory and diminutive appendix or attachment to a machine.
    • n dandy In tin-plate manuf., a running-out fire for melting pig-iron, the stack being built upon an open framework of iron, so that the melter has access to his fire from all sides. Synonyms Fop, Beau, etc. See coxcomb.
    • dandy Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a dandy or fop; foppish: as, dandy manners.
    • dandy Neat; dainty; trim; gay.
    • n dandy A small glass: as, a dandy of punch.
    • n dandy A boatman of the Ganges. Also spelled dandie and dandee.
    • n dandy A conveyance used in India, consisting of a strong cloth slung like a hammock to a bamboo staff, and carried by two or more men. The traveler can either sit sidewise or lie on his back.
    • n dandy Nautical, a vessel rigged as a sloop, and having also a jigger-mast.
    • n dandy Same as dandy-roller.
    • n dandy See dengue.
    • n dandy A roller placed on a machine in advance of another, to perform a preliminary operation.
    • n dandy See dandy-roller.
    • n dandy An open-work basket or vessel, used cither to carry fuel, or to confine fuel in a larger grate, or to hold pig-iron in a furnace-hearth for preliminary heating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dandy dan′di a foppish, silly fellow: one who pays much attention to dress
    • n Dandy dan′di a sloop-like vessel having a jigger-mast abaft
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Quotations

  • Ogden Nash
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    “Candy, is dandy, but Liquor, is quicker.”

Idioms

Fine and dandy - (UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner, to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle,. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology

Usage

In literature:

See what dandy big nails we have!
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
If any of the young dandies tries to court her, she bids him go bear-hunting with her and show his valour.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
You allowed that strutting dandy to carry them off before your eyes.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
But it'll be a jim-dandy of a scrap.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Just before this open window and facing me sat Dandy Tamplin at his key.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
She won't have dandy gray eyes that look through and beyond all the time?
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
And they've been making a dandy raid on some ranch's saddle herd; or I miss my guess.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
It's a dandy plot, and I hated to give it up just because it would require a burning building.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
The asphalt of the boulevards, that sacred ground of dandies and smart dresses, is deserted during the daytime.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Then she glanced down at Dandy.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
Poor Dandy, and dear Flirt!
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
You are a dandy schemer!
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
I am broken down, a trifler, a worn out old dandy.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
We shall have a dandy time, simply dandy!
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
This man had taught Dandy many tricks.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
Or what kind of baking was it that this other brother mortal got, which has baked him into the genus Dandy?
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
But now an' then you shore see a bunch of dandy mustangs, with a high-steppin' stallion.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
My two younger boys, Harold and Julian, I put in a military school last fall, and they're having a dandy time.
"Polly of Lady Gay Cottage" by Emma C. Dowd
She's the ol' blind boss's daughter, an' she's a dandy.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Buck and Dandy and I took the trail.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
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In poetry:

Wouldn't it be dandy
To fly just when you please,
An' go an' ask the Dog-star
If he worried much with fleas?
"If I Could Fly" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Let her blow for Frisco city!
Let the dandy clipper race!
For them swingin' feet an' pretty
Of the gals at Tony's place.
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams
The falcons break their dandies
And leave the printed lazurite,
And up from indumentum glances
The silver saker of dearth.
"Falcons" by Raymond Queneau
There’s the sluven fool, he swaggers -
Wears an ancient, battered "--le."
And his brazen self-assurance
Makes the knowing dandy smile.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
Politeness is taught by our dandies,
When with a fair lady they meet,
They stare at her features a moment
Then down go their eyes to her feet.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
With dandy gait all stiff as starch,
These guardians of the town did march;
Each mewing malkin quick did fly,
As warriors tramp'd the alleys by.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Revived in 2010, it's now a dandy film directed by Erik Canuel.
Scottish publisher DC Thomson has signed a series of deals for its classic comic properties The Dandy and The Beano, negotiated in partnership with licensing agent Start Licensing.
Dandy Business Model, and We All Believe in Economies of Scale, Don't We.
New diapers make dandy 'cake.
Swine and Dandy Cookoff returns with more teams.
John Bohn Glen and Melanie Musick, of Duluth, apply spices to their barbecue entry during the Swine and Dandy barbecue competition and fundraiser held at Rogers Bridge Park in Duluth Saturday.
Dandy Dog groomer 'artist by heart,' loves dogs.
'He was just a dandy guy'.
Coyne's Pier 28 offers dandy destination dining.
Dandy ( September 14, 2012 ).
Dandy August 31, 2012, Mildred A Dandy peacefully passed away in Oxnard, California.
Andy is dandy as pace in race picks up.
Three Jim Dandy Runners Back in Smarty Jones.
1 in the Dandy Dozen.
Dandy to end print run.
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