Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One that is very pleasing or excellent of its kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excellent, outstanding.
  • n. Something that is a very superior example of its kind of thing.

Etymologies

Jim (nickname for James) + dandy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But maybe I should just say that these are beautiful and very cool and very, very dandy ... jim-dandy even!

    Steampunk Porn | Living the Liminal

  • Such a production is perfectly fine, is peachy-keen, is jim-dandy as long as the director is aware of making that choice and uses it meaningfully instead of simply being lazy or unobservant.

    Please Don’t Look | Living the Liminal

  • Worst, I know from personal experience within my own extended family, there are some who would think this is a jim-dandy notion...

    RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • Wasn't Collins the chair (or ranking member) when Lieberman decided Michael Brown was just a jim-dandy candidate to head FEMA?

    CT-SEN: GOP Senator Will Stump For Lieberman

  • For those of you joining us mid-series, this checklist is intended less to help any aspiring writer who might happen to stumble upon it to create a jim-dandy synopsis from scratch, but to improve an already-existing draft.

    Author! Author! » 2009 » September

  • Frum reminds his readers that Goldwater, who thought that if we could just get government back on a short leash everything would be jim-dandy, and Reagan, he of the "morning in America" sunny disposition, both believed in minimal government because they believed in the moral and cultural health of American society.

    Up From Geniality

  • Was this a calculated snub of Europe -- since snubs of Europe still seem to fire up the type of people who think Sarah Palin is a jim-dandy candidate for VP -- or at least a calculated snub gone somehow wrong, like John Kerry's botched joke?

    Steve Kettmann: View From Europe: Is McCain Losing It?

  • I'm finding my Audiovox Harrier is a jim-dandy e-book reader all on its own.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Thats a jim-dandy cat, observed Mark, squatting to take a better look.

    Burned

  • Over at the ASIFA-Hollywood Archive, Steve Worth has posted some jim-dandy panels of the classic Milton Caniff comic strip, "Steve Canyon", donated to A-HAA from the Caniff family's private collection.

    Archive 2007-03-01

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