Definition of jack-a-dandy in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʒakəˈdandi/


(also Jack Dandy)
  • 1 archaic A vain or conceited man, especially one whose style of dress is ostentatiously elegant or fashionable; a fop, a dandy. Also sometimes without depreciative connotations: a suave, elegant, or well-dressed man.

  • 2Frequently in form Jack Dandy. Brandy.

    Recorded chiefly in dictionaries and glossaries.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From the male forename Jack + dandy, as a generic name for a dandy, with insertion of -a- in some forms probably after jackanapes.