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debonair


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Debonair  \Deb`o*nair"\,  a.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  debonair 
  adj  1:  having  a  sophisticated  charm;  "a  debonair  gentleman"  [syn:  {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},  {debonaire},  {jaunty}] 




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