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[jawn-tee, jahn-]
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adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.
  1. easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
  2. smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.
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Origin of jaunty

1655–65; earlier jentee, juntee < French gentil noble, gentle, genteel with ending taken as -y1
Related formsjaun·ti·ly, adverbjaun·ti·ness, nounun·jaun·ty, adjective
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  • "To me, it is a matter of perfect indifference," said I, jauntily.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • "A feller's got to be in this country," he replied, jauntily.

  • Sandy handed Brewer a cigar and stuck one, jauntily, in his own mouth.

  • All were strolling as leisurely and jauntily as only true plutocrats can afford to do.

  • “Some chaps is always thinking about going to bed,” said Bob jauntily.


    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for jauntily


adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
  2. smart; trima jaunty hat
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Derived Formsjauntily, adverbjauntiness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from French gentil noble; see genteel
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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.

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