A dapper young man.
An example of dapper is a man dressed up in a suit for a wedding.
- small and active
- trim, neat, or smart in dress or appearance
Origin of dapperMiddle English daper, agile, trim from Middle Dutch dapper, nimble, powerful, akin to German tapfer, brave, Old Norse dapr, heavy from Indo-European base an unverified form dheb-, thick, solid, stocky: the sense development is from “heavy, powerful” to “nimble” to “trim, neat”
- a. Neatly dressed; trim.b. Very stylish in dress.
- Lively and alert.
Origin of dapperMiddle English daper elegant probably from Middle Dutch dapper quick, strong
(comparative more dapper, superlative most dapper)
Middle English daper, from Middle Dutch dapper "stalwart, nimble", from Proto-Germanic *dapraz ‘heavy; bold’ (compare German tapfer "bold", Norwegian daper "saddened, dreary"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeb- ‘thick, heavy’ (compare Tocharian A tpär ‘high’, Latvian dàbls ‘strong’, Serbo-Croatian дебео (dèbeo) ‘fat’).