- 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</p>
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</p>
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."