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  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.
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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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1. spruce, modish, jaunty, natty.
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Examples from the Web for dapperness

Historical Examples

  • Wells comments on my dapperness as he helps me on with my coat.

    My Wonderful Visit

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    The "Genius"

    Theodore Dreiser

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


    Howard Vincent O'Brien

  • Or are clearness and dapperness the absolutely final shape of creation?

British Dictionary definitions for dapperness


  1. neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
  2. small and nimble
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Derived Formsdapperly, adverbdapperness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble
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Word Origin and History for dapperness



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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