adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.
Origin of jaunty
Examples from the Web for jauntiness
Her jauntiness and carefree attitude appeals to him; the negative side is her carelessness.
The assurance and jauntiness which generally marked his demeanour and dress were, however, wanting.A Study In Scarlet|Arthur Conan Doyle
Monroe still ran springily and with the jauntiness which betokened the practised runner.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men|Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Though some of the names are not happily chosen, they call up many episodes of parade gaiety and jauntiness, or warlike fire.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for jauntiness
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for jaunty
Word Origin and History for jauntiness
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.