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  • noun Plural form of dandy.


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  • But she conquered the cabal that was formed against her, for the dandies were her friends, and gallantly supported her through a trial under which some women would have sunk.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli 1842

  • The fashion of calling dandies after the name of perfumes is not rare in France.

    The School for Husbands 1622-1673 Moli��re 1647

  • The party first secretary referred to the difference between our schools and the schools for "dandies," sons of capitalists and the bourgeois.


  • Many curious glances were cast at me as we passed through the crowd of idlers and "dandies" who lounged about the open space before the temple, but no word was spoken as they drew back to make way for us.

    Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches An Autobiography Edwin Eastman

  • Visions as varied as those of highwaymen on Hounslow Heath, boating at Maidenhead, the days of the "dandies" at Bath, and of John Cabot at Bristol flashed through our minds whenever we heard the Bath road mentioned, so we set out with a good-will on the hundred and eighteen mile journey to Bath.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • One bitter, black hunting-day, a day keen and cold, with frost, as men feared, in the air, and with the ground so hard that even the Duke's peerless "dandies," perfect hounds though they are, scarcely could keep the scent, there came terrible tidings to the Hall -- he had met with a crashing fall.

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida 1839-1908 Ouida 1873

  • This tendency to repel every suggestion of inferiority is one of the surest signs of provincial habits; it is exactly the feeling with which the resident of the village resents what he calls the airs of the town, and that which the inland trader brings with him among those whom he terms the "dandies" of the sea-board.

    Recollections of Europe James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • Two rich "dandies" who had been watching the brawl narrowly escaped arrest.

    Queens Gazette 2010

  • If we do not link education with work in these schools, they would not be communist schools. [applause] It would not be a revolutionary education. [more applause] It would not be a communist education. [more applause] This school which materially excels any of the best schools that the capitalists have, if it was a school similar to those, if it was a school for "dandies" that have to be pampered in every manner, whether it be making their beds, serving them their breakfast, and have an army of servants at their beck and call so that they could waste their time talking, studying a little, having fun, then none of these schools would be any different than those schools attended by the children of capitalists and bourgeois. [applause]


  • A Canadian visitor to Charleston in 1845 was amazed at the attire of slaves: Such exquisite dandies, such gorgeously dressed women, I never saw before—howling swells, all of them!

    A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell 2010


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