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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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  • There was something soldierly in his bearing, and he wore a jaunty cap and jacket.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • But once he came up out of the cabin with a jaunty feather in his hat.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He was cool and jaunty, his hands in his pockets, a rose in his buttonhole.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • To conceal my nervousness I tried to affect an air of jaunty composure.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • He would have to dissemble, and he rejoined his party with what he intended for a jaunty air.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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