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dapper

[dap-er] /ˈdæp ər/
adjective
1.
neat; trim; smart:
He looked very dapper in his new suit.
2.
lively and brisk:
to walk with a dapper step.
3.
small and active.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English daper < Middle Dutch dapper nimble, stalwart; cognate with German tapfer brave
Related forms
dapperly, adverb
dapperness, noun
undapper, adjective
Synonyms
1. spruce, modish, jaunty, natty.
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Examples for dapper
  • Remembered for his infectious smile, dapper attire, and magnetic personality.
  • Also in the stack of papers is a photo of my grandfather toward the end of his life, dapper in his suit.
  • Whether your simian of choice is this emerald icon or his dapper argyle cousin, you could be taking one home for free.
  • The quintessential gentleman: always dapper and charming.
  • Venison comes relatively unadorned, in dapper little rectangles that are tender and salty.
  • The crossed paths of a dapper don and his dogged prosecutor.
  • The dapper and diminutive five-foot-seven-inch secretary excelled as a legislative vote counter and political operative.
  • He was a dapper dresser and moved in the highest political and economic circles of the city.
British Dictionary definitions for dapper

dapper

/ˈdæpə/
adjective
1.
neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
2.
small and nimble
Derived Forms
dapperly, adverb
dapperness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble
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Word Origin and History for dapper
dapper
c.1440, from M.Du. or M.L.G. dapper "bold, strong, sturdy," from P.Gmc. *dapraz; perhaps with ironical shift of meaning.
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