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dandiprat Syllabification: dan·di·prat
Pronunciation: /ˈdandēˌprat/

Definition of dandiprat in English:


archaic, informal
A young or insignificant person.
Example sentences
  • But the cranes make war with them continually, against which they do most courageously defend themselves; for these little ends of men and dandiprats (whom in Scotland they call whiphandles and knots of a tar-barrel) are commonly very testy and choleric.
  • I simply see further evidence, if any were needed, that the man is a foppish dandiprat.
  • I have heard Muir: he is nothing but a dandiprat of a person - a little character that wants to turn off his bits of paragraphs neatly.


Early 16th century (denoting a coin worth three halfpence): of unknown origin.

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