- easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
- smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.
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.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
"It's been weeks since I left my mark," he said in his jaunty British accent.‘True Detective’ Finale Review: Close to Perfection
March 10, 2014
Baldwin introduced the show wearing a jaunty blue blazer, but conducted the taped interview wearing a sober gray suit.'Up Late with Alec Baldwin' is a Snooze
October 12, 2013
She perfectly captures the jaunty, businesslike hooker enjoying the absurd side of her job.Isabelle Huppert Plays a Call Girl
August 26, 2011
There was something soldierly in his bearing, and he wore a jaunty cap and jacket.Barnaby Rudge
But once he came up out of the cabin with a jaunty feather in his hat.Tales of Fishes
He was cool and jaunty, his hands in his pockets, a rose in his buttonhole.The Long Roll
She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
To conceal my nervousness I tried to affect an air of jaunty composure.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
- sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
- smart; trima jaunty hat
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.