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jaunty

[jawn-tee, jahn-] /ˈdʒɔn ti, ˈdʒɑn-/
adjective, jauntier, jauntiest.
1.
easy and sprightly in manner or bearing:
to walk with a jaunty step.
2.
smartly trim, as clothing:
a jaunty hat.
Origin of jaunty
1655-1665
1655-65; earlier jentee, juntee < French gentil noble, gentle, genteel with ending taken as -y1
Related forms
jauntily, adverb
jauntiness, noun
unjaunty, adjective
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jaunty

/ˈdʒɔːntɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk: a jaunty step
2.
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 jaunty
adj.

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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