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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 of dapper
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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  • Wells comments on my dapperness as he helps me on with my coat.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • Eugene was impressed with the apparent "go" of the men—their smartness and dapperness.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • He had been caught by his hostess in a disorderly broil, and his dapperness was marred with spattered liquor.

    Thirty Howard Vincent O'Brien
  • Or are clearness and dapperness the absolutely final shape of creation?

British Dictionary definitions for dapperness

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 dapperness

dapper

adj.

mid-15c., "elegant," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German dapper "bold, strong, sturdy," later "quick, nimble," from Proto-Germanic *dapraz, perhaps with ironical shift of meaning (cf. Old High German tapfar "heavy," German tapfer "brave"), from PIE root *dheb- "dense, firm, compressed."

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