dapperness


dapperness

adjective

  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.

adjective

  1. neat and spruce in dress and bearing; trim
  2. small and nimble
adj.

mid-15c., “elegant,” from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German dapper “bold, strong, sturdy,” later “quick, nimble,” from Proto-Germanic *dapraz, perhaps with ironical shift of meaning (cf. Old High German tapfar “heavy,” German tapfer “brave”), from PIE root *dheb- “dense, firm, compressed.”

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