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  • handsome and debonair
  • Love thy neighbor - and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.
    Mae West
  • I was debonair, a ladies’ man, a young Frank Sinatra.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • His inexplicable debts were a byword in his circle; he was a debonair young man.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • I was thinking more like debonair.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He drew himself up, a smile of debonair gallantry lit up his face and as soon as the last figure of the ecossaise was ended, he clapped his hands to the musicians and shouted up to their gallery, addressing the first violin: "Semen!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • His small mustache was trimmed and looked as debonair as ever.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • It is even difficult to imagine a boy who would do it, unless you realize from the start that Lancelot was not romantic and debonair.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Luc, so suave and debonair, so steady and strong.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • He had no doubts at all that someone as debonair and intellectual as General Peckem approved of his smoking with a cigarette holder, even though the two were in each other’s presence rather seldom, which in a way was very lucky, Colonel Cathcart recognized with relief, since General Peckem might not have approved of his cigarette holder at all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • "Good evening, Apollo!" she answered, smiling back at him, for he too looked unusually debonair, and the thought of entering the ballroom on the arm of such a personable man caused Amy to pity the four plain Misses Davis from the bottom of her heart.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And it was red as blood, with black letters as any coal, which said: He that shall praise me most, most shall he find me to blame at a great need; and to whom I should be most debonair shall I be most felon, and that shall be at one time.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • And thus he went along, full of that debonair majesty that is given by the consciousness of great talent, of fortune, and of forty years of a labourious and irreproachable life.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But the truth was, Mama looked old, even older than Papa with his dapper new hat and his linen guayaberas and his high black boots, and a debonair cane that seemed more a self-important prop than a walking aid.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • He was little changed, still care-free and debonair as of old, with the same habit of treating all things lightly.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • So we licked spoons and I was in general sociable, helpful, debonair, and thought of the two colors of my silk suspenders and the fit of my shirt, Simon’s gifts.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Simultaneously Amory classed him with the crowd, and he seemed no longer Sloane of the debonair humor and the happy personality, but only one of the evil faces that whirled along the turbid stream.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Of such insolences and attempted slights he, of course, took no notice, and in the opinion of most people his frank debonair manner, his charming boyish smile, and the infinite grace of that wonderful youth that seemed never to leave him, were in themselves a sufficient answer to the calumnies, for so they termed them, that were circulated about him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • They are no longer so spruce or so debonair.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • It was a handsome debonair, bright-eyed cowboy that came tramping into Madeline’s presence.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Prof came out and, while did not look his most debonair, was neat and clean, hair combed, dimples back and happy sparkle in eye—fake cataract gone.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Blessed with a rakish smile and a debonair gaze, he is handsome, brilliant, witty, charismatic, tender, and able to bed almost any woman he wants—and he has bedded quite a few.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • And, waking, I beheld her there Sea-dreaming in the moted air, A siren lithe and debonair, With wristlets woven of scarlet weeds, And oblong lucent amber beads Of sea-kelp shining in her hair.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Then he would kiss me, button up his frock coat, give his top hat a promise with the velvet glove and trot off, handsome, debonair, in his ribbed socks and very small well polished shoes to the Treasury.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • She hinted, with debonair regret, that she was not too popular with the superintendent of nurses; she meant to be good but somehow she was always dragged into rebellions connected with midnight fudge or elopements.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And it was red as blood, with black letters as any coal, which said: He that shall praise me most, most shall he find me to blame at a great need; and to whom I should be most debonair shall I be most felon, and that shall be at one time.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • His enormous eyes, lambent, extravagantly lashed, smiled out at her wickedly: she looked around him for reflectors, microphones, camera cabling, but there was only himself and a debonair bottle of French Beaujolais, which he claimed to’ve smuggled last year into California, this rollicking lawbreaker, past the frontier guards.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • They went to rob and kill-" His voice trembled, toppled, disappeared, as though strangled by the intensity of his own loathing for the debonair, gum-chewing defendants.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • And Tullius saith, ’There is nothing so commendable in a great lord, as when he is debonair and meek, and appeaseth him lightly [easily].’
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • , revived, intr. dawned, Deadly, mortal, human, Deal, part, portion, Debate, quarrel, strife, Debonair, courteous, Deceivable, deceitful, Defaded, faded, Default, fault, Defend, forbid,; defended,; forbidden, Defoiled, trodden down, fouled, deflowered, Degree (win the), rank, superiority, Delibered, determined, Deliverly, adroitly, Departed, divided, Departition, departure, Dere, harm, Descrive, describe, Despoiled, stripped, Detrenched, cut to pieces, Devised, looked carefully at,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Roll through my chant with all thy lawless music, thy swinging lamps at night, Thy madly-whistled laughter, echoing, rumbling like an earthquake, rousing all, Law of thyself complete, thine own track firmly holding, (No sweetness debonair of tearful harp or glib piano thine,) Thy trills of shrieks by rocks and hills return’d, Launch’d o’er the prairies wide, across the lakes, To the free skies unpent and glad and strong.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Briskly, with a debonair manner, he stepped up and then delivered a mighty swing at the ball.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • It was something, all right, to see that slender young fellow standing debonairly at the bar among the truck drivers and ditch diggers.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • In the midst of her debonair insults to the hugest of the huge sons, Martin turned on her: "You ARE my sister!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And then the principal figure came out with a spring; he was very gingery and energetic, debonair, sharp, acute in the beard.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • For men have ever a lik’rous appetite On lower things to perform their delight Than on their wives, be they never so fair, Never so true, nor so debonair.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Now see we well, that the science and conning [knowledge] of Solomon is full true; for he saith, that sweet words multiply and increase friends, and make shrews [the ill-natured or angry] to be debonair [gentle, courteous] and meek.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Now as of the outrageous array of women, God wot, that though the visages of some of them seem full chaste and debonair [gentle], yet notify they, in their array of attire, likerousness and pride.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • And nevertheless, I counsel you that ye mistrust not my lord: for I wot well and know verily, that he is debonair and meek, large, courteous and nothing desirous nor envious of good nor riches: for there is nothing in this world that he desireth save only worship and honour.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • , revived, intr. dawned, Deadly, mortal, human, Deal, part, portion, Debate, quarrel, strife, Debonair, courteous, Deceivable, deceitful, Defaded, faded, Default, fault, Defend, forbid,; defended,; forbidden, Defoiled, trodden down, fouled, deflowered, Degree (win the), rank, superiority, Delibered, determined, Deliverly, adroitly, Departed, divided, Departition, departure, Dere, harm, Descrive, describe, Despoiled, stripped, Detrenched, cut to pieces, Devised, looked carefully at,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • , revived, intr. dawned, Deadly, mortal, human, Deal, part, portion, Debate, quarrel, strife, Debonair, courteous, Deceivable, deceitful, Defaded, faded, Default, fault, Defend, forbid,; defended,; forbidden, Defoiled, trodden down, fouled, deflowered, Degree (win the), rank, superiority, Delibered, determined, Deliverly, adroitly, Departed, divided, Departition, departure, Dere, harm, Descrive, describe, Despoiled, stripped, Detrenched, cut to pieces, Devised, looked carefully at,…
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Francie loved to see Mama sitting debonairly in the kitchen with the coffee mill clutched between her knees, grinding away with a furious turn of her left wrist and looking up to talk sparklingly to Papa while the room filled up with the rich satisfying odor of freshly ground coffee.) The tea man had a wonderful pair of scales: two gleaming brass plates which had been rubbed and polished daily for more than twenty-five years until now they were thin and delicate and looked like…
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Of which the fairest-hued in the throat Was called Damoselle Partelote, Courteous she was, discreet, and debonair, And companiable,* and bare herself so fair, *sociable Since the day that she sev’n night was old, That truely she had the heart in hold Of Chanticleer, locked in every lith;* *limb He lov’d her so, that well was him therewith, But such a joy it was to hear them sing, When that the brighte sunne gan to spring, In sweet accord, *"My lefe is fare in land.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
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