- easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
- smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.
Origin of jaunty
Related Wordsdelight, joy, glee, encouragement, optimism, gladness, gaiety, buoyancy, solace, comfort, liveliness, animation, exuberance, hilarity, geniality, merriment, jocundity, cheer, mirth, hopefulness
Examples from the Web for jauntiness
Her jauntiness and carefree attitude appeals to him; the negative side is her carelessness.The Forgotten Genius of Ring Lardner
September 1, 2013
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
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
For the moment all the jauntiness and exuberance had been drained out of him.Mike
P. G. Wodehouse
- sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
- smart; trima jaunty hat
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.