Is calling someone a dandy considered offensive or has a negative meaning nowadays?

English is not my native language, so I wanted to clarify this for me. I understand the meaning of the word, but I was surprised, when I was told that calling someone a dandy is considered quite offensive in South America. It's interpreted as "rich kid" and has a negative meaning. So I was wondering if it's the same for English speaking countries.

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    Google the word, tell us what definition you get, and then tell us if you think it has a negative meaning. Mar 31 '16 at 13:56
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    It is. One of dandy's meanings is "a man who is unduly concerned with looking stylish and fashionable" and has as synonyms such words as "fop" and "coxcomb" all of which have a negative connotation of vanity. Mar 31 '16 at 14:26
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    Your comments about South America, rich kids, negative meanings, and why you were wondering what you were wondering probably ought to be edited into your question, rather than buried down here in the comments. More context and background generally leads to a more dandy question (no insult intended).
    – J.R.
    Mar 31 '16 at 15:03
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    In America and the UK, these days, it's a very archaic term. I think that if you used it now you'd more likely confuse someone than insult them. Mar 31 '16 at 15:23
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    @Max Williams: Yes, but I think "archaic" is putting it a bit strong - "dated" would be better. Mar 31 '16 at 15:24

I wouldn't say it's offensive; you wouldn't use the term to insult someone. But you would use it as a term of ridicule.

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    So ridiculing someone need not be considered offensive? Mar 31 '16 at 14:57
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    @Edwin "You're no Jack Kennedy" is ridiculing, but is not offensive. That's not what offensive means.
    – Mitch
    Mar 31 '16 at 19:58
  • ODO: ridicule: 'the subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behaviour.' synonyms: mockery, derision, ... scorn, scoffing, contempt, jeering, sneering, ... sarcasm. // Farlex: ridicule – the act of deriding or treating with contempt derision: offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence – a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others // I'd suggest 'to gently poke fun at ...'. Mar 31 '16 at 20:22

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