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some synonyms for ‘dandy,’ from the OED’s thesaurus

sparklesdire:

    minion   (a1513)
    prick-me-dainty   (a1529)
    puppy   (?1544)
    velvet-coat   (1549)
    skipjack   (1554)
    cock’s-comb   (1567)
    musk cat   (?1567)
    coxcomb   (1573)
    Adon   (1593)
    foretop   (1597)
    musk-cod   (1600)
    pretty fellow   (1600)
    spark   (c1600)
    spangle-baby   (1602)

 

1602 T. Dekker Satiro-mastix: We must haue false fiers to amaze these spangle babies, these true heires of Ma. Iustice Shallow.
(After 1602, less fabulous: barber-monger, dapperling, cockloche, satinist, etc.)
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