One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Silly, disorganized, or lacking concentration.‘a dappy lass’‘he seemed very genuine—and slightly dappy’
silly, foolish, giddy, light-headed, scatty, scatterbrained, feather-brained, hare-brained, empty-headed, vacuous, stupid, brainlessView synonyms
- ‘I would like it to be known that I am not quite as dappy as the journalistic style of this article might suggest.’
- ‘Yes, the plot's a bit dodgy, and a bit dappy in places.’
- ‘He'd gone by the time the dappy girl from local radio got there.’
- ‘There was one very dappy waitress serving - took ages to order and we waited an hour for the meal.’
- ‘This twaddle is obviously aimed at dappy tourists who think we all still wear bowler hats, and have toilets at the bottom of the garden.’
- ‘Possibly I was just having a dappy day.’
- ‘I've known quite a lot of dappy nurses over the years (one didn't even know what croup was).’
- ‘OMG, had a blonde moment there - I thought the title of this thread was a new game and was about to post something very very very dappy!’
- ‘She is a yappy, dappy dachshund belonging to a man called Gordon.’
- ‘Bernard was a complicated man; he came across to many as dappy, absent-minded, almost stupid.’
1990s: probably a variant of dippy.
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