dandify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dandify dress like a dandy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Dandify To cause to resemble a dandy; to make dandyish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dandify To make or form like a dandy; give the character or style of a dandy to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dandify to dress up as a dandy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dandy, + -fy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Fr. dandin, a ninny; and prob. from root of dandle.

Usage

In literature:

His style of dress was what, in an inferior man, one would have called 'dandified.
"The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 9." by Various
The other plan is what I call dandified.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
The shy or modish, dandified, lackadaisical cane-carrying youth is naturally disliked as a sexual perversion.
"Woman in Modern Society" by Earl Barnes
And Chopin, so dandified in his Byronism; the dreamy poet of those who suffer from neurosis!
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
It proved to be the dandified old doctor, who wore gloves to protect his hands and a broad-rimmed straw hat to shade his face.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad" by Edith Van Dyne
While thus engaged, a young, dandified fellow came along and surprised them.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891" by Various
Nothing dandified about him, to be sure.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
He wore a high hat, a white waistcoat and a single eyeglass, because it looked dandified, no doubt.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
That would of course go to that dandified staff officer.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
Then that dandified silk frock for the new year that the dressmaker is waiting to try on can be put aside until midsummer.
"The Argosy" by Various
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In poetry:

D was a dandified Dog
Who said,--"Though it's raining like fog
I wear no umbrellah,
Me boy, for a fellah
Might just as well travel incog!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
Here's a dandified gentleman,
Rapier at point,
And a wrist which whirls round
Like a circular joint.
A spatter of blood, man!
That's just to anoint
"The Foreigner" by Amy Lowell