dandy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Scots dandy (a fop; one who is well-dressed). Of uncertain origin.

Possibly from Dandy, a diminutive of Andrew, yet the Scots word is used also in reference to women. Alternatively, possibly a back-formation of Scots dandilly, dandillie (one who is spoiled or pampered; a "pet"). Compare English dandle and dander.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdæn.di/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ændi

Noun[edit]

dandy (plural dandies)

  1. A man very concerned about his physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:dandy
  2. (Britain, nautical) A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.
  3. A dandy roller.
  4. (Britain, Ireland, slang, archaic) A small glass of whisky.
    • 1844, William Jesse, The life of George Brummell (page 57)
      Somebody quite as notorious as Brummell, but whose follies have been far more mischievous; whose eloquence is great, but certainly not always refined; and to whose health many a dandy of whisky has been tossed off.

Derived terms[edit]

terms derived from dandy (noun)

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: dandy
  • Finnish: dandy
  • French: dandy
  • German: Dandy
  • Polish: dandy
  • Spanish: dandy

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Translations[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

dandy (comparative dandier, superlative dandiest)

  1. Like a dandy, foppish.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:foppish
  2. Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be.
    Synonyms: all very well, well and good
    That's all fine and dandy, but how much does it cost?
  3. Excellent; first-rate.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:excellent
    What a dandy little laptop you have.
    • 1924, Boys' Life, page 27:
      Grip Sures are dandy shoes for anything that comes along. Hiking, climbing, canoeing, around camp or in the gym — you can't have anything better.
    • 1945, Mack David; Alex C Kramer; Joan Whitney (lyrics and music), “Candy”, performed by Nat King Cole:
      Its gonna be just dandy / The day I take my Candy / And make him mine all mine

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English dandy.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dandy m (plural dandy's, diminutive dandy'tje n)

  1. dandy
    Synonyms: fat, pronker

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English dandy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdændi/, [ˈdændi]

Noun[edit]

dandy

  1. dandy

Declension[edit]

Inflection of dandy (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative dandy dandyt
genitive dandyn dandyjen
partitive dandyä dandyjä
illative dandyyn dandyihin
singular plural
nominative dandy dandyt
accusative nom. dandy dandyt
gen. dandyn
genitive dandyn dandyjen
partitive dandyä dandyjä
inessive dandyssä dandyissä
elative dandystä dandyistä
illative dandyyn dandyihin
adessive dandyllä dandyillä
ablative dandyltä dandyiltä
allative dandylle dandyille
essive dandynä dandyinä
translative dandyksi dandyiksi
instructive dandyin
abessive dandyttä dandyittä
comitative dandyineen
Possessive forms of dandy (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person dandyni dandymme
2nd person dandysi dandynne
3rd person dandynsä

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English dandy

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dandy m (plural dandys or dandies)

  1. dandy
    • 1864, Charles Baudelaire, Mon cœur mis à nu:
      Le dandy doit aspirer à être sublime, sans interruption. Il doit vivre et dormir devant un miroir.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English dandy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdandi/, [ˈd̪ãn̪.d̪i]

Noun[edit]

dandy m (plural dandys)

  1. dandy

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