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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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excessive concern with matters of dress; foppishness. — dandy, n.
See also: Attitudes
excessive concern with matters of dress; foppishness. — dandy, n.
See also: Fads
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Noun1.dandyism - the manner and dress of a fop or dandy
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
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References in classic literature ?
Dandyism? There is no King George the Fourth now (more the pity) to set the dandy fashion; there are no clear-starched jack-towel neckcloths, no short-waisted coats, no false calves, no stays.
In this, too, there is perhaps more dandyism at Chesney Wold than the brilliant and distinguished circle will find good for itself in the long run.
There was the same handsome unpleasantness of mien, but now he wore neatly trimmed, old-fashioned whiskers, the sable moustache having disappeared; and his dress was half-clerical, a modification which had changed his expression sufficiently to abstract the dandyism from his features, and to hinder for a second her belief in his identity.
'Gentlemen,' said the man in blue, with an air of the most consummate dandyism, 'I'll give you the ladies; come.'
Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment universal, and dandyism, which, in its own way, is an attempt to assert the absolute modernity of beauty, had, of course, their fascination for him.
Having been a fashionable dandy forty years ago, he had managed to preserve the dandyism while ignoring the fashions.
Turn-of-the-twentieth-century black dandyism may thus be understood in part as a resistance to the racialized gender norms of Jim Crow, even as black dandyism appears to emulate them.
Here is a description of a duel that was conducted according to all the rules of dandyism between the English dandy Pelham and a French fop, both of whom were experienced duelists: "The Frenchman and his second were already waiting for us [here it is a deliberate insult; the norms of refined politeness dictate that both sides should arrive at the place of the duel at the exact same time; Onegin exceeded all that was permissible by being more than an hour late--Y.L.].
dandyism in the 1790s, see Elizabeth Amann, Dandyism in the Age of
Ali Arsalan presented dandyism to develop a formal menswear collection comprising fusion of eastern and western cultures.
A Baudelaire quote serves as art-party confetti: "Dandyism is the last burst of heroism in the midst of decadence." Whee!
A rush of new ideas about camp and dandyism is compressed into Langer's conclusion, which also includes information that it would have been helpful to hold in mind while reading, such as this: