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From Ancient Greek Ἀνδρέας (Andréas), cognate with ἀνδρεῖος (andreîos, manly), both from ἀνήρ (anḗr, man). Doublet of André, Andreas, Andrei, and Andrey.


  • enPR: ăn'dro͞o, IPA(key): /ˈæn.dɹuː/; [ˈeᵊnˌd̠ɹ̠˔ʷʊ̈u], [ˈænˌd̠ɹ̠ʷ˔ʊ̈u]
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  • Rhymes: -ændɹuː

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Andrew (countable and uncountable, plural Andrews)

  1. (countable) A male given name from Ancient Greek.
    • 1890, John Davidson, Perfervid: The Career of Ninian Jamieson, Ward and Downey, page 94:
      I like him - I like a man who can be extreme. Depend upon it, Miss Mercer - but what is his first name?" "Andrew." "A good name, though common - there is a possibility of a sound reputation in Andrew Morton, especially if he narrows himself down to a point []
    • 1966, Ester Wier, The Barrel, D. McCay Co., page 57:
      "Well, I'd say he ought to have a Scottish name like Andrew or Bruce or Sandy...or...Duncan...or Angus or..." He ticked them off on his fingers as they came to mind.
    • 1985, Ed McBain, Eight Black Horses, Simon&Schuster, published 2003, →ISBN:
      Lloyd was a piss-ant name. Andrew was better because Andrew was one of the twelve apostles, and anybody with a twelve-apostle name was a good guy. If you were reading a book - which Parker rarely did - and you ran across a guy named Luke, Matthew, Thomas, Peter, Paul, James, like that, you knew right off he was supposed to be a good guy. - - - He would have preferred to be called Andrew, which was his true and honorable middle name.
    • 2015, Joyce Carol Oates, Jack of Spades, Head of Zeus, →ISBN, page 104:
      "Irina? Call me 'Andy,' please."
      "I think that I would rather call you 'Andrew'."
      This was flattering, somehow. For everyone I knew called me "Andy"―a name comfortable as an old sneaker. There was dignity in "Andrew," and a kind of depth, complexity. Perhaps I began to fall in love with Irina Kacinzk for seeing more in me than I saw in myself at the time.
  2. The first Apostle in the New Testament.
  3. (countable) A Scottish and English surname originating as a patronymic.
  4. A placename
    1. A village in Alberta, Canada.
    2. A city in Iowa, United States.
    3. An unincorporated community in West Virginia, United States.
  5. (UK, naval slang) The Royal Navy.
    • 1984, Robert Hendrickson, Salty Words, page 19:
      A common British catch phrase is, "You shouldn't have joined Andrew if you couldn't take a joke."
    • 2011, Johannes H. L. Bosman, The Plough & the Sword, page 257:
      “Me muvver always said I should a joined the Andrew.” (Royal Navy.)

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