Dapper
Dapper Dap"per, a. [OE. daper; prob. fr. D. dapper brave, valiant; akin to G. tapfer brave, OHG. taphar heavy, weighty, OSlav. dobr[u^] good, Russ. dobrui. Cf. {Deft}.] Little and active; spruce; trim; smart; neat in dress or appearance; lively. [1913 Webster]

He wondered how so many provinces could be held in subjection by such a dapper little man. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The dapper ditties that I wont devise. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Sharp-nosed, dapper steam yachts. --Julian Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dapper — may refer to: People Olfert Dapper (1635 1689), Dutch physician and writer Marco Dapper (born 1983), American actor and model Cliff Dapper (born 1920), former Major League Baseball catcher Places Musée Dapper, a Parisian museum specializing in… …   Wikipedia

  • Dapper — steht für: Carl von Dapper (1863–1937), ein deutscher Internist und Kurarzt Olfert Dapper (* ca. 1635–1637; † 1689), niederländischer Mediziner und Schriftsteller Ubuntu 6.06, eine Linux Distribution mit dem Codenamen Dapper Drake (Adretter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dapper — mid 15c., elegant, from M.Du. or M.L.G. dapper bold, strong, sturdy, later quick, nimble, from P.Gmc. *dapraz, perhaps with ironical shift of meaning (Cf. O.H.G. tapfar heavy, Ger. tapfer brave ), from PIE root *dheb dense, firm, compressed …   Etymology dictionary

  • dapper — [dap′ər] adj. [ME daper, agile, trim < MDu dapper, nimble, powerful, akin to Ger tapfer, brave, ON dapr, heavy < IE base * dheb , thick, solid, stocky: the sense development is from “heavy, powerful” to “nimble” to “trim, neat”] 1. small… …   English World dictionary

  • Dapper — Dapper, Olivier, Arzt in Amsterdam, fruchtbarer Schriftsteller auf dem Gebiet der Erdkunde, st. 1690. Außer einer historischen Beschreibung der Stadt Amsterdam, Amst. 1663, Fol., u. der holländ. Übersetzung Herodots, ebd. 1665, sind seine… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Dapper — Dapper, Olfert, Arzt und geograph. Schriftsteller, lebte meist in Amsterdam und starb 1690. Er lieferte (nach teilweise sehr selten gewordenen Quellen) Beschreibungen von Syrien und Palästina (Rotterd. 1667; deutsch, Amsterd. 1681), von Ägypten,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • dapper — [adj] well groomed, neat bandbox, brisk, chic, chichi, classy, clean, dainty, dashing, doggy*, dressed to kill*, dressed to nines*, jaunty, natty, nice, nifty, nimble, nobby, posh, prim, rakish, ritzy, sassy, sharp, showy, smart, snazzy*, snug,… …   New thesaurus

  • dapper — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a man) neat in dress and appearance. ORIGIN probably from a Low German or Dutch word meaning strong, stout …   English terms dictionary

  • Dapper — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Dapper peut désigner : Olfert Dapper, un humaniste hollandais du XVIIe siècle le Musée Dapper, un musée parisien consacré aux arts africains… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dapper — dapperly, adv. dapperness, n. /dap euhr/, adj. 1. neat; trim; smart: He looked very dapper in his new suit. 2. lively and brisk: to walk with a dapper step. 3. small and active. [1400 50; late ME daper < MD dapper nimble, stalwart; c. G tapfer… …   Universalium

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