dandyish


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dan·dy

 (dăn′dē)
n. pl. dan·dies
1. A man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop.
2. Something very good or agreeable.
3. Nautical See yawl.
adj. dan·di·er, dan·di·est
1. Suggestive of or attired like a dandy; foppish.
2. Fine; good.

[Perhaps short for jack-a-dandy, fop.]

dan′di·ly adv.
dan′dy·ish adj.
dan′dy·ish·ly adv.
dan′dy·ism n.
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Adj.1.dandyish - affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner
elegant - refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style; "elegant handwriting"; "an elegant dark suit"; "she was elegant to her fingertips"; "small churches with elegant white spires"; "an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid"
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While Dunbar's double-voiced and dandyish narrators may at times appear to accept and emulate uncritically white normative standards of physical presentation and voice, they also deploy notable tips of the hat--such as the narrator of The Fanatics suggesting that something about the unnamed black son's life is "lost" to his would-be white neighbors--to signal their difference from dominant modes.
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A pair of slippers might seem impossibly dandyish, but hear me out: if Prince William can get away with velvet slippers with black tie, so can you.
Their dandyish clothes, coiffured hairstyles and lipstick didn't really endear them to the boys, but they were massively popular among the ladies.
Miller resembles a type on the far right that is more common in Europe than the US: young, slick, sharp-suited, even a trifle dandyish. He is a skilled rabble-rouser, whose inflammatory rhetoric against immigrants and refugees -- "We're going to build that wall high and we're going to build it tall!"-- drives the crowds at Trump rallies into a frenzy.
Miller resembles a type on the far right that is more common in Europe than the U.S.: young, slick, sharp-suited, even a trifle dandyish. He is a skilled rabble-rouser, whose inflammatory rhetoric against immigrants and refugees "We're going to build that wall high and we're going to build it tall!" drives the crowds at Trump rallies into a frenzy.
The portrayal of Ismael-an upper-class boy who is driven to school in a private car and who protects the vulnerable Sebastian-as relatively dandyish and tacitly tied to Sebastian, suggests that he is entendido-the gay male who is not overtly feminine but who takes on the mantle of heterosexual behavior as a "performative act that must be carried out in order to be regarded as a normal' individual within the heteronormative system" (Subero 59).
In demystifying the military, Woolf continues the project of Three Guineas by trivializing the often absurd demands of honor; the "ceremonial taps" to the backside suffered by Woolf's fellow "conspirators," which she also lampoons in "A Society," seem as ridiculous as the chests full of medals and dandyish uniforms she derides in her treatise.
"It's pronounced pan-shan ," says the dandyish younger one (Max Irons), floating the word in the French manner; "It's pronounced 'shut yer f**kin' mouth', is how it's pronounced," snaps his down-to-earth partner (Dexter Fletcher).
By introducing external content--from language and expressions to household sundries--into her canvases in a jarring, almost offensive way, Feinstein sets her oeuvre against the essentialist works of the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painters, and apart from the legacy of dandyish abstraction in the generation of Michael Krebber, et al.
Evelyn Waugh, perhaps heeding this example, documents the demise of Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, not that of his grotesque, Mephistophelian dandyish outrider, Anthony Blanche.