They are remembering their 小学时候。

。。。,班里那个贵族气十足的男生,。。。

zdic.net has 气 5)人的精神状态 a person's spiritual state

maybe this 气 just means 'style, like' and so 'air, manner'?

...,班里那个贵族气十足的男生,... that male student with a totally noble air,...

Is this the same 气 as in 怪里怪气?

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    why not "aristocratic (lordly, nobleman's) air" ? – user6065 Jun 22 '17 at 0:46
  • Where did you read this? Don't you think it is awkward? – mootmoot Jun 22 '17 at 14:30
  • This is from my HSK6 textbook (北京语言大学出版社). I cannot judge whether or not the style is good or bad, I'm just a learner! I'm happy if I can understand it! – Pedroski Jun 22 '17 at 21:46

《汉语大词典》气 29

作风 style

习气 habits

贵族气 noble style

怪里怪气 strange/weird style

They all mean style.

氣 can mean: air/ aura

aura : (noun)

the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.

Chinese like to use the word '氣' to describe a perceived quality of someone, something or some place

Examples:

  • 此人豪氣十足 - This person is full of aura of pride

  • 此劍寒氣迫人 - The sword's radiate air of chilling cold

  • 此地鬼氣陰森 - This place emit ghostly aura

贵族气十足的男生 means " Boys who are full of aura of nobility

The character 氣 is wildly used in many compound words, like : 氣勢,氣度,氣質,氣息. All related to 'air of/ aura of'(perceived quality)

氣 --> 氣質 temperament / manner

or 氣派 imposing style

(16) 指人、物的属性或一地的天然特点 [character]。如:气秀(气质优美);气昏(气昏混浊);气品(指万物);气习(气质,习性);气孱(气质虚弱)

http://www.zdic.net/z/1c/xs/6C14.htm

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