One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a man) showing excessive concern about his clothes or appearance.
dandyish, dapper, dressy, spruceView synonyms
- ‘Brooks was clearly amused by her friend's dandified appearance, bone-thin in foppish drag, complete with masculine-cut jacket, high collar, monocle, bobbed hair and imperiously arched eyebrows.’
- ‘The latter dazzled him not only with his unconventional paintings (Delacroix posed for one of the dying figures in The Raft of the Medusa), but also with his dandified dress and dashing lifestyle.’
- ‘Gangs of youths sauntered along, yelling randomly at other pedestrians and dressed in peculiarly dandified clothes contrasting with a partiality for working-man's boots.’
- ‘To complete the dandified gentleman look: a camel suit, driving gloves and pony-skin loafers.’
- ‘The men's dandified dress seems extremely unusual to us, with their long fancy coats with huge, decorated cuffs.’
- 1.1 Self-consciously sophisticated or elaborate.‘he writes a dandified prose’
- ‘They regarded cigarettes as effete, dandified, even faintly foreign.’
- ‘Mere mention of the French capital conjures images of turtle-necked poets brooding in starlit cafes, dandified flâneurs strolling the narrow boulevards and perfectly glamorous femmes sipping absinthe under gas lanterns.’
- ‘It was once said of Oscar Wilde that the dandified playwright's dinner party conversation was so dazzling, so perfectly phrased, it seemed Wilde had already written out everything he planned to say the night prior to the festivities.’
- ‘One imagines Dumas's young men about town affecting the same dandified, Anglophile pose.’
- ‘Whether performing on stage or off, Astaire, like Marshall / Monescu and other dandified leading men, created an aesthetic of performance and fastidious elegance.’
- ‘His cultured grammar and dandified manner could be immensely annoying.’
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