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dandy

A man who is very concerned with how he looks can be called a dandy. The term is rather old-fashioned — it was commonly used to refer to such men in the 1800s, like the famous dandy Beau Brummell.

As an adjective, dandy means excellent. If you think your new car is dandy, you're excited to own such a great car. In modern use, dandy is often used sarcastically, with just a small change in wording or emphasis: "My new car is just dandy. It's broken down twice today already!" The word dandy is also frequently used in the phrase "fine and dandy".

Definitions of dandy
  1. adjective
    very good
    synonyms: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
    good
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  2. noun
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    synonyms: beau, clotheshorse, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
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    examples:
    George Bryan Brummell
    English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
    types:
    cockscomb, coxcomb
    a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
    macaroni
    a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
    type of:
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  3. noun
    a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
    synonyms: yawl
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    type of:
    sailing ship, sailing vessel
    a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
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