[ 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 formsjaunt·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for jaunt


/ (dʒɔːnt) /


a short pleasurable excursion; outing


(intr) to go on such an excursion
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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