Definition of dapper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdapə/


(Of a man) neat and trim in dress and appearance: he looked very dapper in a dark silk suit
More example sentences
  • The brides reflect the styles of the day, with the stiff starched elegance of the grooms' dapper morning suits also forming a real contrast.
  • He was a dapper guy, and he always had a little feather in his hat.
  • To my left was a rather dapper man, distinguished in dress and demeanor.
smart, spruce, trim, debonair, neat, tidy, neat and tidy, crisp, well dressed, besuited, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed, elegant, chic, dashing;
French soigné
informal snazzy, snappy, natty, sharp, nifty
North American informal sassy, spiffy, fly, kicky
dated as if one had just stepped out of a bandbox
British informal, dated swagger
archaic trig



Example sentences
  • Always dapperly dressed in dress shirts and ties, Interpol played new tracks from Antics and hits from Turn On The Bright Lights.
  • Ever wonder what lurks in the hearts and minds of those stoic, unflappable, dapperly uniformed men?
  • Robert Fridman, French and therefore dapperly dressed as if for cocktails in St. Tropez, gazed past the 19th-century wooden row houses on Sylvan Terrace in Harlem and reflected on the American Condition.


Example sentences
  • It's George Clooney's powers of suave dapperness that have made him a great big movie star.
  • One account of Pierre Vigny makes reference to his dapperness and specifically mentions his silk britches
  • Connery is resplendent in his timeless dapperness throughout the adventure, so the game itself is looking like something of a 60s style piece from an aesthetic point of view.


Late Middle English: probably from a Middle Low German or Middle Dutch word meaning 'strong, stout'.

Words that rhyme with dapper

clapper, flapper, grappa, kappa, knapper, mapper, nappa, napper, rapper, sapper, scrapper, snapper, strapper, tapper, trapper, wrapper, yapper, Zappa

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