Dap"per (?), a. [OE. daper; prob. fr. D. dapper brave, valiant; akin to G. tapfer brave, OHG. taphar heavy, weighty, OSlav. dobr&ucr; good, Russ. dobrui. Cf. Deft.]
Little and active; spruce; trim; smart; neat in dress or appearance; lively.
He wondered how so many provinces could be held in subjection by such a dapper little man.
The dapper ditties that I wont devise.
Sharp-nosed, dapper steam yachts.
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