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dap·per

 (dăp′ər)
adj.
1.
a. Neatly dressed; trim.
b. Very stylish in dress.
2. Lively and alert.

[Middle English daper, elegant, probably from Middle Dutch dapper, quick, strong.]

dap′per·ly adv.
dap′per·ness n.
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dapper

(ˈdæpə)
adj
1. neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
2. small and nimble
[C15: from Middle Dutch: active, nimble]
ˈdapperly adv
ˈdapperness n
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dap•per

(ˈdæp ər)

adj.
1. neat, trim, or smart in dress or demeanor; spruce.
2. lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step.
3. small and active.
[1400–50; late Middle English daper < Middle Dutch dapper heavy, strong, c. Old High German tapfar]
dap′per•ly, adv.
dap′per•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dapper - marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current social fashions; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe"
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dapper

adjective (only ever used with reference to men, not women) neat, nice, smart, trim, stylish, spruce, dainty, natty (informal), well-groomed, well turned out, trig (archaic or dialect), soigné a small, dapper man in his early fifties
sloppy (informal), untidy, dishevelled, rumpled, unkempt, slovenly, slobby (informal), disarrayed, ill-groomed
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Translations

dapper

[ˈdæpəʳ] ADJ (= smart) [man, appearance] → pulcro
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dapper

[ˈdæpər] adjpimpant(e)
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dapper

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dapper

[ˈdæpəʳ] adj (man) → azzimato/a
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References in classic literature ?
At the words, the door opened and a dapper little old man came in.
He had great neatness of person, and he continued to wear his spruce black coat and his bowler hat, always a little too small for him, in a dapper, jaunty manner.
"I bid monsieur good evening," and he bowed the dapper young man out of the room, and closed the door in his face.
He was slender and dapper, and in appearance and comportment was so sweet- and gentle-spirited that the impression he radiated was almost of sissyness.
Genevieve slipped on a pair of Joe's shoes, light-soled and dapper, and laughed with Lottie, who stooped to turn up the trousers for her.
And to say the truth, there is, in all points, great difference between the reasonable passion which women at this age conceive towards men, and the idle and childish liking of a girl to a boy, which is often fixed on the outside only, and on things of little value and no duration; as on cherry-cheeks, small, lily-white hands, sloe-black eyes, flowing locks, downy chins, dapper shapes; nay, sometimes on charms more worthless than these, and less the party's own; such are the outward ornaments of the person, for which men are beholden to the taylor, the laceman, the periwig-maker, the hatter, and the milliner, and not to nature.
In the garden there was not a weed to be seen, and to judge from some dapper gardening-tools, a basket, and a pair of gloves which were lying in one of the walks, old Mr Garland had been at work in it that very morning.
He was a dapper young fellow, with a light brown mustache and blue eyes, and a graceful figure.
‘83, he declared that, as he had seen all the civilized parts of the earth, he was inclined to make a trip to the wilds of America We will not trace him in his brief wanderings, under the influence of that spirit of emigration that some times induces a dapper Cockney to quit his home, and lands him, before the sound of Bow-bells is out of his ears, within the roar of the cataract of Niagara; but shall only add that at a very early day, even before Elizabeth had been sent to school, he had found his way into the family of Marmaduke Temple, where, owing to a combination of qualities that will be developed in the course of the tale, he held, under Mr.
Standing close to the inside edge of the track was a dapper young man with a light switch cane.
He was a dapper little Irishman, very vain, homely as a monkey, with friends everywhere, and a sweetheart in every port, like a sailor.
There is but one solitary tenant in the chicken-coop, once a gay and dapper young cock, bearing him so bravely among the coy hens.