A neatly and stylishly dressed man can be described as dapper. Dapper is a Germanic word coming from a Middle Dutch word that meant "strong," "quick," or "nimble." Think of the words dashing, jaunty and spiffy when you think of dapper as these are all near synonyms. Also men's wear . apparel and accessories for men. cloth, especially wool, used for men's and often women's tailored garments.