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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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  • The lawyer's jauntiness dropped off, as if a modicum of respect for this man had found its way into his calculating soul.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
  • She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Scupper, sure that he was not actually going to be hit, escaped with an ease and jauntiness which he was far from feeling.

    The Penalty Gouverneur Morris
  • He had lost the jauntiness of his air, but he was still dignified.

    Love in a Cloud Arlo Bates
  • His face brightened up, his crestfallen manner merged happily into jauntiness, his self‑respect was restored.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • For the moment all the jauntiness and exuberance had been drained out of him.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • The young fellow's figure was superb, and held with a military precision and jauntiness.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • “Naughty, naughty,” said Ellis, but his tone had lost some of its jauntiness.

  • She began to attempt, off Lundy, the spring and jauntiness of a trawler.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for jauntiness


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 jauntiness



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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