- neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit.
- lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step.
- small and active.
Origin of dapper
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Examples from the Web for dapper
For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
He captured a dapper looking student, Jeremy Marek, leaning against the side of his car.The All-American Photographer Takes on Detroit
June 18, 2014
Clearly the dapper con men were not up to speed on all these recent developments.Vatican Hustle: Con Men No Longer Welcome in the Holy See
March 31, 2014
Other themes are more character-based, such as the “Bowie, Cocteau, Visconti” section, in deference to dandies and dapper men.What Drives Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten
March 4, 2014
Petersen was a convener of people, known on multiple continents as a careful thinker, dynamic speaker, and dapper dresser.Alexandros Petersen, 1984-2014
January 22, 2014
He struck me as a dapper man, noticeably, but not offensively, self-satisfied.A Daughter of the Middle Border
They took in the dapper Britisher as if he had been a natural history specimen.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Tarling was haggard and weary, in contrast to the dapper inspector of police.The Daffodil Mystery
The dapper little officer in khaki was Aguinaldo, and this is the story of how I saw him.Bamboo Tales
Ira L. Reeves
On the contrary, he was smart and dapper, and looked like the light-weight horseman he is.1914
John French, Viscount of Ypres
- neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
- small and nimble
Word Origin and History for dapper
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."