1. that takes the fancy or affection; capable of captivating or charming; designed to attract notice and please; alluring, fascinating, attractive, appealing ...1854 colloq.
2. excellent; first-rate ...Bk1942 Amer. sl.
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from take (vb. to catch the fancy or affection of; to excite a liking in; to captivate, delight, charm) + -y
From: Collection of British Authors
Hide and Seek, By W, Wilkie Collins, Vol. I. 1856
Chapter IX. A Visitor in the Studio