dap·​per | \ ˈda-pər How to pronounce dapper (audio) \

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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He was once featured in Cle Dog Magazine, on the cover wearing a snazzy suit and dapper red bowtie. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland celebrity dog Snowball achieves stardom as an actor," 24 June 2019 Apart from the addition of rippling stars and stripes to Ulysses S. Grant’s fifty, in 2004, and a dapper quill to Franklin’s C-note, in 2009, the designs of American bills have not changed in recent memory. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 George looked very dapper in his classic black tuxedo. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Gives Old Hollywood Glamour Better Than A Movie Star," 10 May 2019 For his part, Prince Harry looked dapper as ever in a classic tuxedo. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "All About Meghan Markle's Sexy Second Wedding Dress for the Evening Reception," 19 May 2018 While David looked dapper in a silk lapel tux and bowtie, Victoria put a new spin on eveningwear, opting for a voluminous white long sleeve blouse and a pair of baggy black trousers over tights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Join Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 Take your cues from George Clooney, who looked dapper in a grey suit with a yellow tie and pocket square for Harry and Meghan's nuptials last May. Tip: Choose a pocket square that compliments rather than matches your tie to look more polished. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "10 Outfits Every Man Should Wear This Summer," 18 Apr. 2019 Willem Smit, the dapper general manager of the legendary El Fenn hotel, took Rosena shopping for vintage furniture at the city’s Bab El Khemis market. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 2019 While Nick looked dapper in a khaki suit, the actress stole the show in a Vivienne Westwood dress worthy of any Disney princess. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Were the Epitome of Honeymoon Period at Her Movie Premiere," 12 Feb. 2019

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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

somewhat old-fashioned
: having a neat appearance : dressed in attractive clothes
of clothing : attractive and of high quality


dap·​per | \ ˈda-pər How to pronounce dapper (audio) \

Kids Definition of dapper

: neat and trim in dress or appearance

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