[jawn-tee, jahn-]

adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.

easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.

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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Examples from the Web for jauntiness

Contemporary Examples of jauntiness

Historical Examples of jauntiness

  • She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • He stopped whistling and strove to control the jauntiness of his gait.

    Blessed Are the Meek

    G.C. Edmondson

  • His accent took a little from the jauntiness of Katharine's bearing.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • He had lost the jauntiness of his air, but he was still dignified.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates

  • For the moment all the jauntiness and exuberance had been drained out of him.


    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for jauntiness


adjective -tier or -tiest

sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
smart; trima jaunty hat
Derived Formsjauntily, adverbjauntiness, noun

Word Origin for jaunty

C17: from French gentil noble; see genteel
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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.

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