Still, the urban landscape would be far less boring than it is -even in areas inhabited by people of taste - if there were more of her dandies around. As far as "dandy" goes, I think words evolve, particuarly words like this. I suppose the initial meaning was someone with exquisite taste, whose divergences from the normal way of dressing were subtle and determined mainly by a preference for the highest quality. However, in the popular mind today, it means a peacock who wears flashy, overdressy, colorful clothing. A man who seeks to stick out. I don't think dandies are looked upon with fondness by most. They are certainly a rarer breed, at least here in America, than the original type of dandy.