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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. having a sophisticated charm;
- Example: "a debonair gentleman"
[syn: debonair, debonaire, debonnaire, suave]

2. having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air;
- Example: "looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton
- Example: "life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds
- Example: "walked with a jaunty step"
- Example: "a jaunty optimist"
[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. [1913 Webster] Was never prince so meek and debonair. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

debonair 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