Definitions

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

  • n. A man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop.
  • n. Something very good or agreeable.
  • n. Nautical See yawl.
  • adj. Suggestive of or attired like a dandy; foppish.
  • adj. Fine; good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a dandy, foppish.
  • adj. Very good; better than expected but not as good as could be.
  • adj. Almost first rate.
  • n. A man very concerned about his clothes and his appearance.
  • n. A yawl, or a small after-sail on a yawl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb.
  • n.
  • n. A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set.
  • n. A small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats; -- called also jigger, and mizzen.
  • n. A dandy roller. See below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. Something very neat or dainty. —
  • n. An accessory and diminutive appendix or attachment to a machine.
  • n. 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.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a dandy or fop; foppish: as, dandy manners.
  • Neat; dainty; trim; gay.
  • n. A small glass: as, a dandy of punch.
  • n. A boatman of the Ganges. Also spelled dandie and dandee.
  • n. 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. Nautical, a vessel rigged as a sloop, and having also a jigger-mast.
  • n. Same as dandy-roller.
  • n. See dengue.
  • n. A roller placed on a machine in advance of another, to perform a preliminary operation.
  • n. See dandy-roller.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
  • n. a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
  • adj. very good

Etymologies

Perhaps short for jack-a-dandy, fop.
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Examples

  • Say, that's a dandy pin you've got on, simply _dandy_!

    Peggy

  • What amuses me most is that the ultra-conservatives who yell and scream about casino gambling being a sin, etc., think it's freekin dandy when Wall Street invents transactions to do the same thing and purposefully makes them so complicated that it's hard to discern that it's just plain old gambling at its core.

    Bill Clinton questions if Goldman Sachs broke law

  • So your dandy is promoting a 60s era NIMBY mindset that is likely just headed towards making the socially disadvantaged even more entrenched in their poverty, and more desperate in their behaviours.

    Boarding the House | Her Bad Mother

  • It was Susan Sontag, who said that being a dandy was a way of being an individual in an age of mass culture.

    Media

  • The Dandy In a manner, the dandy was the male counterpart ...

    The Twin Bed | Edwardian Promenade

  • In a manner, the dandy was the male counterpart of the professional beauty: he had no other occupation than to devote himself to being clever, witty, well-dressed and amusing.

    2008 April | Edwardian Promenade

  • "What! Have you quite forgotten the titled dandy for whom you were near breaking your heart three years ago?

    For Woman's Love

  • And smart, good-natured, well-spoken, and elegant enough to be called a dandy.

    American Connections

  • "See how yon justice rails upon yon simple thief," he tells Gloucester; "Hark in thine ear: change places, and handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?"

    Shakespeare and the Uses of Power

  • Yes, well, we're looking at a live picture of it now, and it seems to be fine and dandy, which is good, because you're getting married there today.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2007

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  • ...money is indispensable to those who make a cult of their emotions; but the dandy does not aspire to money as something essential; this crude passion he leaves to vulgar mortals; he would be perfectly content with a limitless credit at the bank.

    -Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life

    November 13, 2008

  • In North American sports reporting, a noun:

    "the San Jose Sharks' offensive dynamo snapped a deadlock, scalding the locals with a late-game dandy" - Vancouver Sun, 1-4-08

    or an adjective:

    "Gagner ... beat the Ducks with a dandy shootout move on J.S. Giguere" - Vancouver Sun, 12-26-07

    January 11, 2008