Definition of dapper
1a : neat and trim in appearance looked very dapper in their uniformsb : very spruce and stylish a dapper new suit
2 : alert and lively in movement and manners a dapper old gentleman
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
Recent Examples of dapper from the Web
Fans went crazy for his grayer head of hair, dapper sweater ensemble, and trendy sneakers.
A$AP on the other hand looked dapper in a midnight black jacket worn over a white T-shirt tucked into black trousers.
As a result, Bell is one of the few photographers to capture them at the time on any stage in casual clothing, not the dapper suits and ties synonymous with the Marsalis name.
Presiding over this cosmic spectacle was Mephistopheles himself, the admirable Italian bass Riccardo Zanellato, looking very much like a dapper devil in black tails with white vest and white bow tie.
This dapper pack of sedans wears the company’s distinctive nose with signature front and rear lighting details that bookend a sleek, coupelike profile.
Bedecked in top hats and tail coats, the gentlemen cut a dapper figure while the ladies opted for garden party dresses (and, of course, the de rigueur hats).
Another quest line in the demo involves finding musicians for an event held by Mayor Pauline, requiring Mario to get in a very dapper suit straight out of the flapper era.
The Rapper noticeably gracing its cover hatless and full of dapper charm.
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Origin and Etymology of dapper
Middle English dapyr, from Middle Dutch dapper quick, strong; akin to Old High German tapfar heavy, Old Church Slavonic debelŭ thick
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
DAPPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dapper for English Language Learners
: having a neat appearance : dressed in attractive clothes
of clothing : attractive and of high quality
DAPPER Defined for Kids
Definition of dapper for Students
: neat and trim in dress or appearance
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