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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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  • She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • He stopped whistling and strove to control the jauntiness of his gait.

    Blessed Are the Meek G.C. Edmondson
  • His accent took a little from the jauntiness of Katharine's bearing.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • He had lost the jauntiness of his air, but he was still dignified.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • For the moment all the jauntiness and exuberance had been drained out of him.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • “Naughty, naughty,” said Ellis, but his tone had lost some of its jauntiness.

  • With a feeble attempt at jauntiness, he staggered out of the cabin.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
  • She spoke with an effort at jauntiness after Merton had greeted her.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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