adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.
Origin of jaunty
Examples from the Web for jauntily
Meanwhile, New York Magazine ran a jauntily satirical article—“Bro, Can You Spare, Like, Five Bills?”
Springer jauntily replies, quickly adding that his tawdry syndicated show is probably a more accurate harbinger of the End Times.
And let's not forget death panels, Sarah Palin's jauntily inflammatory phrase for the "Independent Medicare Advisory Board."
Dodichet entered the room as jauntily as if it were a tavern, leading his intimate friend by the hand.San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams|Charles Paul de Kock
He dabbed at a cut on his temple from which issued a tiny crimson stream, and jauntily shook back his hair.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
Lin regarded in silence his brother, who was speaking so jauntily of the first and last home they had ever had.Lin McLean|Owen Wister
She continued to tingle after he had jauntily departed with his basket and clattered away in his delivery wagon.Missy|Dana Gatlin
"On the contrary, he's delighted," said Mr. Barrymore jauntily.My Friend the Chauffeur|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for jauntily
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for jaunty
Word Origin and History for jauntily
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.