Word of the Day – Dandiacal

By February 8, 2019 Word of the Day

Dandiacal (adj)

dan-dai-ak-al

Relating to or characteristic of a dandy.

From Dandy, Late 18th century: perhaps a shortened form of 17th-century Jack-a-dandy ‘conceited fellow’ (the last element representing Dandy, a pet form of the given name Andrew).

Example sentences

“He was a dandiacal man around town!”

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Word of the Day – Sully

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Word of the Day – Quotidian

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Word of the Day – Bacchanalia

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