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[jawnt, jahnt] /dʒɔnt, dʒɑnt/
a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
verb (used without object)
to make a short journey.
Origin of jaunt
First recorded in 1560-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
jauntingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jaunting
Historical Examples
  • "The jaunting car it was that ran away with her," says Judy.

  • His house was soon well furnished: she made him get her a jaunting car.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • Its one of the patriots of 98, said the jaunting car driver.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • We shall certainly have you jaunting off to London some day.

  • It, therefore, became necessary that she should ask her grandfather to lend her the jaunting car.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • For two or three weeks they go on living at home, and most of that time they are "jaunting," that is, drinking.

  • Carts with donkeys attached, resembled somewhat the jaunting car in Ireland.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • He used to wait at the stage door and drive her back to her lodgings in his own jaunting car.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • There are no railway trains or street cars running in the morning, and you cannot find a cab or a jaunting car on the street.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • You can go there by train from Dublin three or four times a day, taking a jaunting car at Rathdrum or Rathnew station.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for jaunting


a short pleasurable excursion; outing
(intransitive) to go on such an excursion
Derived Forms
jauntingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jaunting



1670s in modern sense of "short pleasure trip," earlier "tiresome journey" (1590s), earlier as a verb, "tire a horse by riding back and forth on it" (1560s), of unknown origin, perhaps from some obscure Old French word. As a verb in the modern sense from 1640s. Related: Jaunted; jaunting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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