noun(in phrase get/have one's dander up) informal
mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
- House dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents can be reduced, although not eliminated, through regular cleaning.
- Second, if you are outside doing anything with the dog, you will be bringing dander back into the house with you and setting off your wife's allergies.
- Unfortunately, strict avoidance of animal allergens is practically impossible, because even if domestic animals are not in the home there is still a possibility of significant exposure due to transfer of animal dander in public places.
late 18th century: related to dandruff.
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verb[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top
late 16th century: frequentative form; perhaps related to dialect dadder 'quake' and daddle 'dawdle'.