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dapper

[ dap-er ]
/ ˈdæp ər /
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adjective

neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit.
lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step.
small and active.

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RELATED WORDS

rakish, stylish, dashing, spry, classy, brisk, chic, chichi, clean, dainty, jaunty, natty, nice, nifty, nimble, posh, prim, ritzy, sassy, sharp

Nearby words

daphne, daphnephoria, daphnia, daphnis, daphnis and chloe, dapper, dapperly, dapple, dapple-gray, dapple-grey, dappled

Origin of dapper

1400–50; late Middle English daper < Middle Dutch dapper nimble, stalwart; cognate with German tapfer brave
SYNONYMS FOR dapper
Related formsdap·per·ly, adverbdap·per·ness, nounun·dap·per, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dapper

dapper

/ (ˈdæpə) /

adjective

neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
small and nimble
Derived Formsdapperly, adverbdapperness, noun

Word Origin for dapper

C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble
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Word Origin and History for dapper

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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