[jawnt, jahnt]


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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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



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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