- easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
- smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.
Origin of jaunty
Examples from the Web for jauntily
Meanwhile, New York Magazine ran a jauntily satirical article—“Bro, Can You Spare, Like, Five Bills?”Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Springer jauntily replies, quickly adding that his tawdry syndicated show is probably a more accurate harbinger of the End Times.Jerry Springer Wants His Privacy
April 18, 2010
And let's not forget death panels, Sarah Palin's jauntily inflammatory phrase for the "Independent Medicare Advisory Board."Health Care: A Critic's Index
December 25, 2009
"To me, it is a matter of perfect indifference," said I, jauntily.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
"A feller's got to be in this country," he replied, jauntily.They of the High Trails
Sandy handed Brewer a cigar and stuck one, jauntily, in his own mouth.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
All were strolling as leisurely and jauntily as only true plutocrats can afford to do.The Rich Little Poor Boy
“Some chaps is always thinking about going to bed,” said Bob jauntily.Quicksilver
George Manville Fenn
- sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
- smart; trima jaunty hat
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.