Origin of dapper
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|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Other themes are more character-based, such as the “Bowie, Cocteau, Visconti” section, in deference to dandies and dapper men.
Petersen was a convener of people, known on multiple continents as a careful thinker, dynamic speaker, and dapper dresser.
Miss Edgeworth was shorter still, and carried herself very upright, with a dapper figure and quick movements.
The air stirred the leaves of the old Walnuts outside: the black-coated, dapper figure had not yet passed from under them.
He soon picked himself up, for he is a dapper little chap, and became very blustering and abusive.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He dropped the hand that had been lightly resting on her arm, and his dapper air of self-confidence wilted in abashment.Kilo|Ellis Parker Butler
Phœbe had expected her to be a large masculine woman, and was surprised at her dapper proportions and not ungraceful manner.Hopes and Fears|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for dapper
Word Origin for dapper
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."