Meaning of bonhomie


If you are known for your bonhomie, that’s a good thing. It means that you are a cheerful friendly sort of person. Keep it up.

Any French speaker will recognize that the noun bonhomie is related to bon homme — French for “good man.” However, a woman can exude a spirit of bonhomie as well, as long as she is cheery and kind. If you are looking to infuse a depressing setting with bonhomie, try cracking a joke or setting your beret at a rakish angle.

Definitions of bonhomie
  1. noun

    a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)


    affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, geniality

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    condescendingness, condescension

    affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank

    geniality, as through the effects of alcohol or marijuana
    sweetness and light

    a mild reasonableness
    type of:


    a friendly disposition

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