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[jawnt, jahnt] /dʒɔnt, dʒɑnt/
a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
verb (used without object)
to make a short journey.
Origin of jaunt
1560-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
jauntingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Thus far their expedition had been like the jaunt of a gala day.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • I reckon he's none gone off for a spoag; he's none gone for a jaunt.

  • I had gone with the Springvale crowd on this jaunt, but I did not consider myself a person of importance.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • He didn't expect any Pullman-car jaunt; he could have had that at home.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • One Whitsuntide he went a jaunt with two other young fellows, on horseback, to Matlock and thence to Bakewell.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for jaunt


a short pleasurable excursion; outing
(intransitive) to go on such an excursion
Derived Forms
jauntingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jaunt

1670s in modern sense of "short pleasure trip," earlier "tiresome journey" (1590s), earlier as a verb, "tire a horse by riding back and forth on it" (1560s), of unknown origin, perhaps from some obscure Old French word. As a verb in the modern sense from 1640s. Related: Jaunted; jaunting.

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