from The Century Dictionary.
- A little foppish fellow; a dandiprat. Vanbrugh, Confederacy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A little dandy; a little, foppish, impertinent fellow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun archaic A little
dandy; a little foppish impertinentfellow.
- noun New Zealand A small
patchof lightreflected from a shiny surfaceonto another surface such as a wallor ceiling.
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Assuming a stern expression, he worked his legs with gravity and feeling, and so crooked his knees that he looked like a jack-a-dandy pulled by strings, while
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1882
"Because they're in the next room, and the door's shut; that's vy, my jack-a-dandy!" replied Abraham, unsuspiciously.
Jack Sheppard A Romance William Harrison Ainsworth 1843
Tom did not understand French, but rather despised it as a jack-a-dandy acquirement.
Handy Andy, Volume One A Tale of Irish Life, in Two Volumes Samuel Lover 1832
I write in, and which has never yet been defiled by calculating men of science or jack-a-dandy litterateurs. '"
Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist Samuel Smiles 1858