dapper

[dap-er]
adjective
  1. neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit.
  2. lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step.
  3. small and active.

Origin of dapper

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dapperly

dapper

adjective
  1. neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
  2. 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 dapperly

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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