- 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 dapperness
Wells comments on my dapperness as he helps me on with my coat.My Wonderful Visit
Eugene was impressed with the apparent "go" of the men—their smartness and dapperness.The "Genius"
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?The Letters of William James, Vol. II
- neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
- small and nimble
Word Origin and History for dapperness
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."