[syn: chipper, debonair, debonaire, jaunty]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
37 Moby Thesaurus words for "debonair":
affable, airy, breezy, buoyant, carefree, charming, cheerful,
civil, corky, courteous, dapper, dashing, elegant, free and easy,
gay, genteel, gracious, insouciant, jaunty, light, light-hearted,
lighthearted, lightsome, mannerly, nonchalant, obliging, perky,
pleasant, polite, refined, resilient, smooth, soignee, sprightly,
suave, urbane, well-bred