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He struck me as a dapper man, noticeably, but not offensively, self-satisfied.

They took in the dapper Britisher as if he had been a natural history specimen.

Tarling was haggard and weary, in contrast to the dapper inspector of police.

The dapper little officer in khaki was Aguinaldo, and this is the story of how I saw him.

On the contrary, he was smart and dapper, and looked like the light-weight horseman he is.

Major Forsyth arrived in time for tea, red-faced, dapper, and immaculate.

He was a small, dapper little Frenchman, and played the violin.

He was an undersized, dapper little man, with almost no chin.

He was a dapper little Frenchman and had arrived in evident haste.

There is no place where the dapper little postman does not go.

WORD ORIGIN

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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