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débrouillard

[ dey-broo-yar ]

adjective

  1. skilled at adapting to any situation; resourceful.


noun

, plural dé·brouil·lards [dey-b, r, oo-, yar].
  1. a resourceful person who can act independently or cope with any development.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of débrouillard1

First recorded in 1890–95; from French débrouiller “to disentangle” (from dé- de- ( def ) + brouiller “to make cloudy, confuse, quarrel”) + -ard -ard ( def ); embroil ( def )

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