dapper

adjective dap·per \ ˈda-pər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of dapper

1 a : 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

dapperly

adverb

dapperness

noun

Examples of dapper in a Sentence

  1. The students all looked very dapper in their uniforms.

  2. the dapper gentleman drew admiring glances from all over the ballroom

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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


DAPPER Defined for English Language Learners

dapper

adjective

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

dapper

adjective dap·per \ ˈda-pər \

Definition of dapper for Students

: neat and trim in dress or appearance


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