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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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Examples from the web for jauntily
  • Highbrow collectors once hung art from bookcases suspended jauntily with big thick ribbons and wire.
  • However, he works jauntily and enthusiastically, and his car movie isn't the retread it might have been.
  • He is rarely without his flat-top fedora perched jauntily on his head.
  • The next moment, she danced jauntily with her hands in her pockets.
  • Its early developments are jauntily clever, and it has a well-developed screwball quality that keeps it buoyant.
  • It sits atop the truck as jauntily as a ballplayer's cap, camouflaging where the roof steps up.
  • The bird jauntily bounces its body up and down, sometimes also twitching its wings.
  • He gave a wave and was jauntily off, swinging his cane.
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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