[ dap-er ]
/ ˈdæp ər /


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, adverbdap·per·ness, nounun·dap·per, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dapperness

  • Eugene was impressed with the apparent "go" of the men—their smartness and dapperness.

    The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
  • Wells comments on my dapperness as he helps me on with my coat.

    My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
  • Or are clearness and dapperness the absolutely final shape of creation?

  • He had been caught by his hostess in a disorderly broil, and his dapperness was marred with spattered liquor.

    Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien

British Dictionary definitions for dapperness


/ (ˈdæpə) /


neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
small and nimble

Derived Forms

dapperly, adverbdapperness, noun

Word Origin for dapper

C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble
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