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[jawn-tee, jahn-] /ˈdʒɔn ti, ˈdʒɑn-/
adjective, jauntier, jauntiest.
easy and sprightly in manner or bearing:
to walk with a jaunty step.
smartly trim, as clothing:
a jaunty hat.
Origin of jaunty
1655-65; earlier jentee, juntee < French gentil noble, gentle, genteel with ending taken as -y1
Related forms
jauntily, adverb
jauntiness, noun
unjaunty, adjective Unabridged
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  • Perceiving the Candy Wagon at the curb he paused, scrutinising it jauntily, through a monocle formed by a thumb and finger.

    The Little Red Chimney Mary Finley Leonard
  • Sandy handed Brewer a cigar and stuck one, jauntily, in his own mouth.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • He went in jauntily pushing his cap a little to one side so that some of his thick curly hair came out over his forehead.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • All were strolling as leisurely and jauntily as only true plutocrats can afford to do.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "We don't stand on ceremony in Yorkshire," he said jauntily.

  • "It's one of those tins you prise up," said Marjorie jauntily.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • "Tommy and me," answered Nick jauntily, pushing his glass across the bar to be filled a second time.

British Dictionary definitions for jauntily


adjective -tier, -tiest
sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk: a jaunty step
smart; trim: a jaunty hat
Derived Forms
jauntily, adverb
jauntiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French gentil noble; see genteel
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Word Origin and History for jauntily



1660s, "elegant, stylish," from French gentil "nice, pleasing," in Old French "noble" (see gentle). Form reflects attempt to render the French pronunciation of gentil. Meaning "easy and sprightly in manner" first attested 1670s. Related: Jauntily; jauntiness.

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