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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DANDIES

The dandies patronised her, and selected her for their Muse.

But this only proves that dandies are brave as well as other Britons—as all Britons.

There are Indian men in some of the houses—lagging braves, boys, and “dandies.”

“Dandies of the first water, oh yes,” replied Fritz quizzingly.

"Never let the dandies call you a prig," said the statesman.

They might be dandies from the west,—they might be clerks from the east.

In his heart he exults that the dandies now throng to his soirees.

There are one or two dandies in Sorrento who attempt to dress as they do in Naples.

Are you proposing to cut out all the dandies and bloods of the capital?

At the present day dandies of this stamp are fast disappearing.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1780, of uncertain origin; it first appeared in a Scottish border ballad:

etc. In that region, Dandy is diminutive of Andrew (as it was in Middle English generally). The word was in vogue in London c.1813-1819. His female counterpart was a dandizette (1821) with French-type ending. The adjective dandy first recorded 1792; very popular c.1880-1900. Related: Dandified; dandify.

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