debonair

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj debonair 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"
    • adj debonair having a sophisticated charm "a debonair gentleman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Debonair Characterized by courteousness, affability, or gentleness; of good appearance and manners; graceful; complaisant. "Was never prince so meek and debonair ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debonair Of gentle mien; of pleasant manners; courteous; affable; attractive; gay; light-hearted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Debonair deb-o-nār′ of good appearance and manners: elegant: courteous: gay
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. debonere, OF. de bon aire, debonaire, of good descent or lineage, excellent, debonair, F. débonnaire, debonair; de, of (L. de,) + bon, good (L. bonus,) + aire,. See Air, and Bounty, and cf. Bonair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. de, of, bon, good, air, appearance, manner.

Usage

In literature:

Then he led the way out of the room, fine and gallant and debonair, a villain every inch of him.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Dennison, not Cunningham, should have acted the debonair, the nonchalant.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
He turned as he started, and waved a hand debonairly at her.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
But, at the moment, Flamby had no eyes for the debonair Orlando.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
He was no longer the debonair aristocrat of the racecourses and the boulevards.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He was handsome and gay and debonair, and what more could any human girl ask?
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Where was the easy, gay and debonaire assurance of this fluent young man?
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Immediately there entered a debonair, very handsome, and sleek gentleman of uncertain age.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
It was the first time in the life of this debonair young millionaire that he had come face to face with a disagreeable problem.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
A courtierlike fellow this, debonair as a Venus cavalier!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

With that he took his book, and left
An awkward silence to my care,
That soon I filled with questions deft
And debonair;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
All unknown to fame or glory,
Easy, blith and debonair,
Crown'd with flowers, her careless tresses
Loosely floating on the air.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
The forests soften to a smile,
A smile the very mountains wear,
Through mossy gorge and grassed defile
Torrents race glad and debonair.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
That War, with you consorting, should recover
Thereby the false, the fair
Front we had late stripped off, the Dangerous Lover,
Romantic, debonair;
"To Fighter Airmen" by George Rostrevor Hamilton
The yellow poplar-leaves came down
And like a carpet lay,
No waftings were in the sunny air
To flutter them away;
And he stepped on blithe and debonair
That warm October day.
"Strife and Peace" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Tony Martin, Debonair Pop Troubadour, Dies at 98.
Tony Martin, the debonair baritone whose career spanned some 80 years in films and nightclubs and on radio and television, died on Friday at his home in West Los Angeles.
Daniel Craig, in his second outing as agent 007, is more dour than debonair (a la Connery.
A debonair gentleman of the world, he would charm even the most sophisticated foreign leaders and prove, finally, that the United States is developed culturally, not just economically.
He is the definition of debonair.
But the obvious answers (because he's good-looking or charming or debonair) don't get it done.
Beech Debonair unveiled as new AOPA sweepstakes aircraft.
A 1963 B33 Beech Debonair will be the next AOPA sweepstakes plane.
He is the definition of debonair .
Debonair Actor in TV and Films.
Beforehand, we visit Viktor Frolov, debonair man-about-town, who is loosely connected to the party's organizers.
Julius Monk, the debonair impresario of satiric revues and the diviner of generations of talented performers, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan.
Perhaps that is why he has looked so uncomfortable in his three debates with the suddenly debonair Governor Mitt Romney.
His smile was quite debonair, a shine upon his boot.
"Presidential elections are hardly swayed by celebrity endorsements, no matter how ditzy, doped up or debonair a star may be.".
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