A small, dapper man or boy.
- She loves Anthony, a dapperling in person, with nothing to recommend him physically but a missy prettiness.
- An intellectual dapperling of these times boasts chiefly of his irresistible perspicacity, his 'dwelling in the daylight of truth,' and so forth.
- The stranger, having wiped the pen, presented it to the dapperling, who more debonnairly breathed his vein.
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