One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young or insignificant person.
insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, non-person, gnat, insect, cipher, pygmyView synonyms
- ‘I have heard Muir: he is nothing but a dandiprat of a person - a little character that wants to turn off his bits of paragraphs neatly.’
- ‘I simply see further evidence, if any were needed, that the man is a foppish dandiprat.’
- ‘But the cranes make war with them continually, against which they do most courageously defend themselves; for these little ends of men and dandiprats (whom in Scotland they call whiphandles and knots of a tar-barrel) are commonly very testy and choleric.’
- ‘I have one thing to say to the logger-headed Mr. West (if in fact this shallow brained dandiprat can read): Sir, your wife, under pretense of keeping a bawdy-house, is a receiver of stolen goods.’
Early 16th century (denoting a coin worth three halfpence): of unknown origin.
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