[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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Example sentences
Bengalese finches, like many birds, use jaunty little ditties like this one to
  attract a mate.
With his signature whimsy and wordplay, the author takes a jaunty excursion
  into a long, long lost world.
But in 2008, astronomers started finding giant planets whose orbits lay at
  jaunty angles with respect to their stars.
Personally, I like jaunty ties and broad grins.
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