One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(typically of a man) neat and trim in dress, appearance, or bearing.
smart, spruce, trim, debonair, neat, tidy, neat and tidy, crisp, well dressed, besuited, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed, elegant, chic, dashingView synonyms
- ‘The brides reflect the styles of the day, with the stiff starched elegance of the grooms' dapper morning suits also forming a real contrast.’
- ‘Look out for the dapper gent in a bowler hat tinkling the ivories in an East End boozer.’
- ‘To my left was a rather dapper man, distinguished in dress and demeanor.’
- ‘A dapper American in white jacket and smart shirt and tie greeted me.’
- ‘He was a dapper guy, and he always had a little feather in his hat.’
- ‘He is dapper in blazer, cane, sharp hat and regimental tie, which he wears with a tie clip.’
- ‘He is a small, dapper man (suit, tie, shiny shoes), and I have a feeling he is rather vain.’
- ‘In appearance he is slim and dapper, a man of medium height invariably dressed in expensive American suits that nevertheless contrive to look cheap.’
- ‘He grew into a dapper and debonair-seeming man who modelled himself on the film star Ronald Coleman.’
- ‘The small man, the dapper man with grey suit, grey tie and clean white shirt put out a hand to support me.’
- ‘Physically, I'd expected a dapper man with a fine line in suits and irony.’
- ‘The racegoers go all out when it comes to the style stakes with the boys in their dapper pinstripes and the girls with their elegant head pieces.’
- ‘If I recall correctly, he was wearing a blazer and appeared a very dapper 73-year-old.’
- ‘He sits on a folded towel grumbling and mumbling away and, in spite of it all, still looks neat and dapper most of the time.’
- ‘A short while later it was opened again and a very dapper gentleman in English tweed opened it up to me.’
- ‘If anyone can get you looking spruce and dapper, Maxine told me, it's Carol.’
- ‘At the opposite end a dapper gentleman tips his hat and bows to this smiling little lady.’
- ‘A long red ostrich plume sprouted back from the hat giving him a dapper appearance that befit the captain of a ship.’
- ‘A dapper man in contrasting winter shades, beige scarf at a jaunty angle, he marches across the nosherie floor to greet me.’
- ‘He is thoroughly dapper: all straw boater and braces and a good line in patter.’
Late Middle English: probably from a Middle Low German or Middle Dutch word meaning ‘strong, stout’.
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