dap·per | \ˈda-pər \

Definition of dapper 

1a : neat and trim in appearance looked very dapper in their uniforms

b : very spruce and stylish a dapper new suit

2 : alert and lively in movement and manners a dapper old gentleman

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Other Words from dapper

dapperly adverb
dapperness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dapper


natty, sharp, smart, snappy, spruce


disheveled (or dishevelled), frowsy (or frowzy), sloppy, slovenly, unkempt

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Examples of dapper in a Sentence

The students all looked very dapper in their uniforms. the dapper gentleman drew admiring glances from all over the ballroom

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The dapper diner accused of walking out on restaurant tabs around Baltimore skipped court Monday. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Judge orders arrest of Baltimore's alleged dine-and-dasher after he skips court Monday," 25 June 2018 Kit looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo and bow tie for the awards show, while the 40-year-old actor donned a blue number by Paul Smith that coordinated with his cast mates Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Matt Bomer Celebrates an 'Early Father's Day' with Son Kit at the Tonys: 'Best Date Ever!'," 11 June 2018 In family albums crammed with festive photos, her husky father always looks dapper in snug-fitting shirts, unbuttoned to reveal tufts of chest hair. Monica Campbell, Marie Claire, "Mexico's Female Drug Lords," 21 July 2011 Bush, 94, has a history of expressing himself with a dapper sartorial sense, primarily with the strength of his sock game. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Former President George H. W. Bush Met With Bill Clinton and You Better Believe He Wore the Correct Socks," 26 June 2018 Harry, 33, looked dapper in his traditional tailcoat and top hat. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut — in a Carriage Fit for a Princess!," 19 June 2018 The always-dapper Roth—decked out in Givenchy haute couture black tie—was impeccably dressed for the occasion in a custom midnight-blue suit. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Inside the Official Tony Awards After-Party at the Plaza," 11 June 2018 The 29-year-old singer gives off Bad-era Michael Jackson vibes while gliding through alleys, tunnels, and stairways with equally dapper backup dancers by his side. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Chris Brown Shares Black-and-White Dance Video for 'Hope You Do': Watch," 6 June 2018 Marcus Sloan and Shannon Hall went head-to-head (literally) in wildly dapper ensembles. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Hannah McNair's powerful, four-minute testimony triumphs Kentucky Derby watch-party," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of dapper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dapper

Middle English dapyr, from Middle Dutch dapper quick, strong; akin to Old High German tapfar heavy, Old Church Slavonic debelŭ thick

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English Language Learners Definition of dapper

: having a neat appearance : dressed in attractive clothes

of clothing : attractive and of high quality


dap·per | \ˈda-pər \

Kids Definition of dapper

: neat and trim in dress or appearance

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