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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Meanwhile, husband Krasinski looked dapper in a black velvet jacket and bow-tie. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Look Adorable in Matching Tuxedos at the Writers Guild Awards 2019," 18 Feb. 2019 On one side of the model, a dapper top hat-wearing man shielded her from the rain with a very large umbrella. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid’s Hot Bodyguard is Back—This Time, Carrying Her Fendi Bag," 29 May 2018 The prince wore a dapper grey suit with a white button-up, a plaid tie, and navy blue suede shoes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Carolina Herrera to Meet the King of Morocco with Prince Harry," 25 Feb. 2019 Nick looked dapper in a velvet suit and bowtie by her side. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Stepped Out in an Incredible Reception Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 Cooper, on the other hand, looked dapper in a white suit and black bow tie. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Everyone looked dapper and British standing next to a sleeping Prince Louis. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Photo of Prince Louis Smiling at His Christening Is Just Delightful," 16 July 2018 Pharrell has long worn the dapper shorts-and-suit combination, as have many of the male fans of Thom Browne. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Robert Pattinson Wears Shorts With Pulled-Up Socks on the Red Carpet—And Wins," 3 Oct. 2018 In his 90th year, Fred Trump still showed up at work a few days a week, ever dapper in suit and tie. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 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

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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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