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
The Rapper noticeably gracing its cover hatless and full of dapper charm.
Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) young, dapper and daring opponent stepped onto the scene in season four and in season five he is shown the door.
Then Michael Murphy, a dapper prosecutor from the attorney general’s office, rose and delivered a shocking blow.
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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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