Definition of gandy dancer in English:

gandy dancer

Syllabification: gan·dy danc·er
Pronunciation: /ˈgandē ˌdansər


North American informal
  • A track maintenance worker on a railroad.
    More example sentences
    • If I were a hobo I would call myself a gandy dancer, whether I worked for the railroad or not.
    • And, I'd see the gandy dancers coming down the tracks setting the rails and getting their ties straight.
    • The gandy dancers' expertise in railroad track maintenance and their work song tradition is unparalleled.


early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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