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jaunt

[jawnt, jahnt]
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noun
  1. a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a short journey.

Origin of jaunt

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
Related formsjaunt·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jaunting

Historical Examples

  • "The jaunting car it was that ran away with her," says Judy.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for jaunting

jaunt

noun
  1. a short pleasurable excursion; outing
verb
  1. (intr) to go on such an excursion
Derived Formsjauntingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jaunting

jaunt

n.

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.

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