[jawn-tee, jahn-]
adjective, jauntier, jauntiest.
easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.

1655–65; earlier jentee, juntee < French gentil noble, gentle, genteel with ending taken as -y1

jauntily, adverb
jauntiness, noun
unjaunty, adjective
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jaunty (ˈdʒɔːntɪ)
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk: a jaunty step
2.  smart; trim: a jaunty hat
[C17: from French gentil noble; see genteel]

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Word Origin & History

1662, "elegant, stylish," from Fr. gentil "nice, pleasing," from O.Fr. gentil "noble" (see gentle). Form reflects attempt to render Fr. pronunciation of gentil. Meaning "easy and sprightly in manner" first attested 1672.
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His emphasis on the vagaries of life was all the more appealing within his circle because of his jauntiness and verve.
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