SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 1400–50; late Middle English daper < Middle Dutch dapper nimble, stalwart; cognate with German tapfer brave Related forms dap·per·ly, adverb dap·per·ness, noun un·dap·per, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dapperly Historical Examples of dapperly British Dictionary definitions for dapperly adjective neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim small and nimble Derived Forms dapperly, adverb dapperness, noun Word Origin for dapper
C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble
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Word Origin and History for dapperly 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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