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

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
Related formsjaunt·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for jaunt

trek, picnic, ramble, junket, journey, safari, jog, excursion, stroll, patrol, gallop, walk, course, cruise, march, trip, voyage, travel, tramp, frolic

Examples from the Web for jaunt

Contemporary Examples of jaunt

Historical Examples of jaunt

  • I reckon he's none gone off for a spoag; he's none gone for a jaunt.

  • He didn't expect any Pullman-car jaunt; he could have had that at home.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • A three days' jaunt in a good boat isn't a thing to frighten people like us.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He did not put them on to be painted in—he was out on a jaunt.

  • If we had our own misgivings about the end of this jaunt, our companions had none.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for jaunt


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

Word Origin for jaunt

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jaunt


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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