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I see him smiling and debonair at the minute when I am in a ferment.

Then he followed Ike into the cabin, debonair and apparently unconcerned.

Robb turned away in his cheerful, debonair manner and rode off.

This gay, debonair Scotsman is simply worshipped by the men.

She had been so generous, so debonair, such a gay and charming spender.

Gone was the debonair gentleman of a quarter of an hour ago.

The Westerner, answering the questions of his cousin, was at his debonair best.

The debonair lightness of the question could not rob it of its significance.

The name did not fit him; was too mealy; not debonair enough.

But, at the moment, Flamby had no eyes for the debonair Orlando.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "mild, gentle, kind courteous," from Old French debonaire, from de bon' aire "of good race," originally used of hawks, hence, "thoroughbred" (opposite of French demalaire). Used in Middle English to mean "docile, courteous," it became obsolete and was revived with an altered sense of "pleasant, affable" (1680s).

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