adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.
Origin of jaunty
Examples from the Web for jaunty
That song would soon morph from the jaunty clip of the light rail to the siren sounds of jazz.
"It's been weeks since I left my mark," he said in his jaunty British accent.‘True Detective’ Finale Review: Close to Perfection|Andrew Romano|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Baldwin introduced the show wearing a jaunty blue blazer, but conducted the taped interview wearing a sober gray suit.
She perfectly captures the jaunty, businesslike hooker enjoying the absurd side of her job.
It was during his captivity here that he first lost hope; his hair turned gray and his trim, jaunty cavalier air forsook him.In Unfamiliar England|Thomas Dowler Murphy
Upon his head was a jaunty cloth cap, from beneath which flowed a quantity of fine, curly hair.My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson|George Thompson
In a jaunty way, he sported his hat on one side of his head, and moved as proudly as if going off to a bargain of millions.Fighting the Sea|Edward A. Rand
He was a dandy from the soles of his shiny elastic-side boots to the crown of his jaunty hard-hitter.Tropic Days|E. J. Banfield
It was perfectly tailored and Miss Barrett even had the jaunty little beret fitted snugly over her carefully marcelled hair.Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines|Ruthe S. Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for jaunty
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for jaunty
Word Origin and History for jaunty
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.