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Dandy

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Dandy

Origin: cf. F. Dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. Allied to E. Dandle. Senses 2&3 are of uncertain etymol.

1. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb.

2. A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set. A small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats.

Synonym: jigger, and mizzen.

3. A dandy roller. See below. Dandy brush, a yard whalebone brush. Dandy fever. See dengue. Dandy line, a kind of fishing line to which are attached several crosspieces of whalebone which carry a hook at each end. Dandy roller, a roller sieve used in machines for making paper, to press out water from the pulp, and set the paper.