The definition of dapper is someone neat, tidy or very stylish.adjective
An example of dapper is a man dressed up in a suit for a wedding.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- small and active
- trim, neat, or smart in dress or appearance
Origin: ME daper, agile, trim < MDu dapper, nimble, powerful, akin to Ger tapfer, brave, ON dapr, heavy < IE base *dheb-, thick, solid, stocky: the sense development is from “heavy, powerful” to “nimble” to “trim, neat”
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- a. Neatly dressed; trim.b. Very stylish in dress.
- Lively and alert.
Origin: Middle English daper, elegant, probably from Middle Dutch dapper, quick, strong.
- dapˈper·ly adverb
- dapˈper·ness noun