neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit.
lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step.
small and active.
- dap·per·ly, adverb
- dap·per·ness, noun
- un·dap·per, adjective
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How to use dapper in a sentence
New cast members, including the bubbly Teo and dapper dresser Jayden, seem bound to win over viewers just as quickly as their predecessors did.Netflix’s ‘Love on the Spectrum’ Is the Best Dating Show on TV | Laura Bradley | September 22, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Watts later became known as a dapper dresser, who except when performing with the Stones, was generally seen wearing tailored suits and tweed jackets.Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones drummer and band’s rhythmic mainstay, dies at 80 | Matt Schudel | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
She and her dapper husband were fixtures on the prewar Washington party circuit.Was Bebe Thomsen a ditsy animal lover or a Nazi spy? Even her friends wondered. | John Kelly | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Despite its lofty price tag and its dapper appearance, the 907X is fun—it feels considerably less formal than its film-based predecessors while turning out extremely high-quality images.Hasselblad’s new $6,400 camera is weird and wonderful | Stan Horaczek | January 2, 2021 | Popular-Science
I look forward to the end of the pandemic for a number of reasons, and on that list is to be able to go out again and get my dapper on.Gift Guide: Last-minute subscriptions to keep the gifts going all year | Greg Kumparak | December 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
Being dapper is all about attention to detail, like sporting a perfectly tucked handkerchief in your suit pocket.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When they got together, Culp looked dapper for a man in his late 70s.
He captured a dapper looking student, Jeremy Marek, leaning against the side of his car.
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 | Tom Kington | March 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was the house-physician, who was to take charge of the case; a young man, handsome and rather dapper.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
But here was the editor himself—not merely his photograph: a little man, clad in evening dress, very neat and dapper.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
There was Mary, as sweet and beautiful as ever; Mrs. Nast, calm and composed: Doug serene and dapper.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
Dr. Rude was a small man, dapper, totally unlike a research chemist, and his speech and manner were as impeccable as his dress.The Professional Approach | Charles Leonard Harness
They took in the dapper Britisher as if he had been a natural history specimen.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for dapper
neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
small and nimble
- dapperly, adverb
- dapperness, noun
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