from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swell; a dandy; a fop. The word first appeared in or about the early sixties in the theaters, and later in London music-halls.
- Fashionable; dandified; ‘killing.’
- To linger or dangle about in an affected, ‘lardy-dardy’ way.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
‘Good afternoon!’ — in rather lardy-dardy, middle-class English.
The Chaplain, who waited upon him as a Maid would on a lardy-dardy woman of Fashion, handed my Gentleman a very tall stick with a golden knob at the end on't, and with this, and a laced handkerchief and a long cravat, which he had likely bought at Mechlin, and a Snuff-box in the lean little Paw that held not the cane, he looked for all the world like one of my