(Dan"di*prat) n. [Dandy + brat child.]
1. A little fellow; in sport or contempt. "A dandiprat hop-thumb." Stanyhurst.
2. A small coin.
Henry VII. stamped a small coin called dandiprats.Camden.
(Dan"dle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dandled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dandling ] [Cf. G. dändeln to trifly,
dandle, OD. & Prov. G. danten, G. tand trifly, prattle; Scot. dandill, dander, to go about idly, to trifly.]
1. To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
Ye shall be dandled . . . upon her knees.Is.
2. To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
They have put me in a silk gown and gaudy fool's cap; I as ashamed to be dandled thus.Addison.
The book, thus dandled into popularity by bishops and good ladies, contained many pieces of nursery
3. To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle. [Obs.]
Captains do so dandle their doings, and dally in the service, as it they would not have the enemy subdued.Spenser.
(Dan"dler) n. One who dandles or fondles.
(Dan"driff) n. See Dandruff. Swift.
(Dandruff) n. [Prob. from W. toncrust, peel, skin + AS. drof dirty, draffy, or W. drwg bad: cf.
AS. tan a letter, an eruption. &radic240.] A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small
scales or particles. [Written also dandriff.]
(Dan"dy) n.; pl. Dandies [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. (Naut.) (a) A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set. (b) A small sail carried at or
near the stern of small boats; called also 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.
(Dan"dy-cock`) n. masc., Dandy-hen
(Dan"dy-hen`) n. fem. [See Dandy.] A bantam
(Dan"dy*ish), a. Like a dandy.
(Dan"dy*ism) n. The manners and dress of a dandy; foppishness. Byron.