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dapper

DAP-er

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The young gentleman looks dapper, well-groomed, and neat in his new, striped suit. He walks along the sidewalk in a crisp and dapper manner, with a lively spring in his step. All the young ladies admire his dapper and stylish appearance, thinking to themselves that such a sharply dressed man must be on his way to do something very important or fun.

Quiz: What does it mean to be dapper?

  • To be seen as dressed well and very neat in appearance.
  • To be seen as an important figure admired by many.
  • To be seen as attractive and handsome.

Memory Hook
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Dapper Dapper Dan In the film O Brother Where Art Thou, Ulysses used Dapper Dan on his hair which made him look quite smashing and dapper.

Examples
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  • The Sabres would have had better luck getting an explanation from Campbell, who at 2:45 a.m. was sitting outside the Dallas dressing room, dapper in a dark suit and matching expression. —Sports Illustrated
  • 'Last year we had a record number of student applications,' says athletic director Danny Morrison, sitting on a sofa in his office, dapper in a crisp white shirt and purple necktie. —Sports Illustrated
  • Subscribe to paper Home News Travel Money Sports Life Tech Weather Life Books Top 150 Books Shop for Books Enlarge Fox Wolfe and his dapper white suits have even been immortalized in Simpsons yellow. —USA Today
  • A dapper, elegant man with a vast wardrobe, Mr. Hook had a flair for the grand gesture and theatrical flourish, which would sometimes startle tourists when he did a pirouette before leading them to a table. —The New York Times

Word Ingredients
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From a root word meaning “neatness.”

Word Theater
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YouTube: Henry Herbert Tailors These men are dapper!
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Dapper