bonhomie

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bonhomie a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bonhomie good nature; pleasant and easy manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bonhomie Frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bonhomie bon′o-mē easy good-nature.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; bon homme, a good fellow.

Usage

In literature:

Theodose had behaved to him with charming bonhomie.
"The Lesser Bourgeoisie" by Honore de Balzac
But de Batz smiled with easy bonhomie.
"El Dorado" by Baroness Orczy
His address is frank, and his whole manner noticeable for bonhomie.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
There was a good deal of bonhomie and pleasantry in his conversation.
"Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee" by (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
She preserved the appearance of bonhomie, but her cordiality, her good nature, were not what they had been.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
There is a gaiety, a bonhomie, in the atmosphere of the New York streets.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
He's full of a funny little shade of bonhomie.
"The Reverberator" by Henry James
Through all the family intricacies Mr. Conroy follows the interpreter with infinite patience and bonhomie.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
My word for it, it has been a fine comedy, this bonhomie of mine, this hail-fellow well met.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
She had a bonhomie that swept class distinctions aside.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
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In news:

After the canned tributes and lame jokes, the flourishes of gallantry and strained bonhomie among the senators, all that mattered was the image being sent forth by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The new TBS sitcom gets mired in crass cultural stereotypes in a misguided attempt to re-create the easy barroom bonhomie of its forerunner.
Did William Rehnquist 's practical jokes and bonhomie disguise a vicious, racist ideologue.
Lott, friends sport summer best for bonhomie.
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