debonair

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Debonair \Deb'o*nair"\, adjective [OE. debonere, OF. de bon aire, debonaire, of good descent or lineage, excellent, debonair, F. d['e]bonnaire debonair; de of (L. de) + bon good (L. bonus) + aire. See {Air}, and {Bounty}, and cf. {Bonair}.] Characterized by courteousness, affability, or gentleness; of good appearance and manners; graceful; complaisant.

Was never prince so meek and debonair. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

debonair

adjective

1: having a sophisticated charm; "a debonair gentleman" [syn: {debonair}, {debonaire}, {debonnaire}, {suave}]

2: having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air; "looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton; "life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds; "walked with a jaunty step"; "a jaunty optimist" [syn: {chipper}, {debonair}, {debonaire}, {jaunty}]


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