dapper

[dap-er]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English daper < Middle Dutch dapper nimble, stalwart; cognate with German tapfer brave

dapperly, adverb
dapperness, noun
undapper, adjective


1. spruce, modish, jaunty, natty.
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dapper (ˈdæpə)
 
adj
1.  neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
2.  small and nimble
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble]
 
'dapperly
 
adv
 
'dapperness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
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.
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