- The definition of dapper is someone neat, tidy or very stylish.
An example of dapper is a man dressed up in a suit for a wedding.
A dapper young man.
dapper definition by Webster's New World
- small and active
- trim, neat, or smart in dress or appearance
Origin: Middle 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”
dapper definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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