Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being dapper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stylishness as evidenced by a smart appearance

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I don't buy the idea but McKellen, with his fluidity of movement and blend of dapperness and danger, executes it perfectly.

    The Syndicate – review | Michael Billington

  • All the smiling dapperness that had made him seem like a monkey to

    The Ladybird

  • He had tucked a polka-dotted ascot into the throat of his denim work shirt, accentuating the dapperness that seemed to originate from his hair.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • So he will never be where the fathomless manhole awaits, where the safe falls from the high window shrieking like a bomb-he is a pilot through Earth's baddest minefields, if we only stay close to him, be where he is as much as we can-yet Maximilian's doom is never to go any further into danger than its dapperness, its skin-exciting first feel ....

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • He surveyed the two; Jarvis was tattered and scratched, but apparently in better condition than Leroy, whose dapperness was completely lost.

    Valley of Dreams

  • She disapproved of his toddling walk, his fat, stooped shoulders, his spats and general appearance of over-emphasized dapperness.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • Each requires of the practitioner a certain shutting of the eyes, a certain dapperness and compliance, an acceptance of customs, a sequestration from the sentiments of generosity and love, a compromise of private opinion and lofty integrity.

    III. Essays. Man the Reformer. A Lecture Read before the Mechanics Apprentices’ Library Association, Boston, January 25, 1841

  • Each requires of the practitioner a certain shutting of the eyes, a certain dapperness and compliance, an acceptance of customs, a sequestration from the sentiments of generosity and love, a compromise of private opinion and lofty integrity ....

    Emerson and Other Essays

  • To them Bruce's genius was incontestably proved by the faultless evenness with which he parted his hair behind, the dapperness of his boots, and the merit of his spotless shirts.

    Julian Home

  • So she was quite calm when the Marchbanks party came upon the ground, and Archie Mucklegrand, with white trousers and a lavender tie, and the trim, waxed moustache, looking very handsome in spite of his dapperness, found her out in the first two minutes, and attached himself to her forthwith in a most undetachable and determined manner, which was his way of being irresistible.

    Real Folks

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