from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A little dandy; a little foppish impertinent fellow.
- n. A small patch of light reflected from a shiny surface onto another surface such as a wall or ceiling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little dandy; a little, foppish, impertinent fellow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A little foppish fellow; a dandiprat. Vanbrugh, Confederacy.
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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
"Because they're in the next room, and the door's shut; that's vy, my jack-a-dandy!" replied Abraham, unsuspiciously.
Tom did not understand French, but rather despised it as a jack-a-dandy acquirement.
I write in, and which has never yet been defiled by calculating men of science or jack-a-dandy litterateurs. '"