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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 jaunty
  • 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.
  • At the end, the band sprang back to life, playing a jaunty and joyous version of the hymn while strolling offstage.
  • There are some useful colour diagrams and photographs, and the prose is jaunty.
  • Think of those jaunty panamas worn by gentlemen in warmer climes.
  • Yet it wasn't the jaunty, clichéd jazz version.
  • His walk was jaunty and his manner defiant.
  • Somehow a jaunty theme fell out of sync with its rambunctious accompaniment.
British Dictionary definitions for jaunty


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 jaunty

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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