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a male given name, form of .
a female given name, form of .
Contemporary Examples

Andy came, Andy rappelled, Andy went home again to carry on whatever it is he bloody does.
Underwhelmed by Andy Tom Sykes September 5, 2012

But as a family friend told The New York Times, “Andy was always tougher than Mark.”
Spotlight Shifts to Madoff’s Last Son Allan Dodds Frank December 12, 2010

He saw Andy as his comrade in anti-retinal and utterly abnormal art.
Warhol Looks at Duchamp Looking at Warhol Blake Gopnik January 5, 2014

Luckily he had the smooth-talking Andy Griffith to give him advice.
George Lindsay Dies: The Best of Goober Pyle (Video) Brittany Jones-Cooper May 6, 2012

Joaquin Phoenix Spaces Out on Letterman Was it Andy Kaufman-like brilliance or is this dude just on something?
15 Greatest Talk Show Trainwrecks The Daily Beast Video February 2, 2010

Historical Examples

“He had a gun shoved into the hollow of his throat,” said Andy.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

All Jasper could see was the body of Andy, and that was much better.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

“There’s one thing I can’t understand about this,” put in Andy.
The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island Edward Stratemeyer

All of which Andy heard, and he knew that Buck Heath intended him to hear them.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

“You got three folks standin’ by you, kid,” continued Andy, earnestly.
The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White

familiar shortening of masc. proper name Andrew (q.v.).


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