Definition of dapperling in English:



  • A small, dapper man or boy.

    • ‘She loves Anthony, a dapperling in person, with nothing to recommend him physically but a missy prettiness.’
    • ‘He was a strange little dapperling, scarcely five feet tall.’
    • ‘The stranger, having wiped the pen, presented it to the dapperling, who more debonnairly breathed his vein.’
    • ‘An intellectual dapperling of these times boasts chiefly of his irresistible perspicacity, his 'dwelling in the daylight of truth,' and so forth.’
    • ‘He propped it against the legs of a chair, that the dapperling might view his own magnificence.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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