dapperness

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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