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jaunty

[ jawn-tee, jahn- ]
/ ˈdʒɔn ti, ˈdʒɑn- /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

impish, devilish, buoyant, carefree, rollicking, jolly, playful, jovial, perky, sprightly, breezy, airy, animated, bold, brash, careless, cocky, dapper, dashing, debonair

Nearby words

jaundice, jaundice of newborn, jaundiced, jaunt, jaunting car, jaunty, jaup, jauregg, julius wagner, jaurès, jaurès, jean, jav.

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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British Dictionary definitions for jaunty

jaunty

/ (ˈdʒɔːntɪ) /

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 jaunty

jaunty


adj.

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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