[ jawnt, jahnt ]
/ dʒɔnt, dʒɑnt /


a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.

verb (used without object)

to make a short journey.

Nearby words

  1. jatropha,
  2. jauk,
  3. jaundice,
  4. jaundice of newborn,
  5. jaundiced,
  6. jaunting car,
  7. jaunty,
  8. jaup,
  9. jauregg, julius wagner,
  10. jaurès

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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