Jaunty meaning

jôntē, jän-
Sprightly; lively.

Walking at a jaunty pace; music with jaunty rhythms.

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Lighthearted and merry; sprightly; perky.
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The definition of jaunty is lively in action or appearance.

An example of jaunty is a child skipping down the street.

An example of jaunty is a man wearing a pocket square in his suit pocket.

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Having or expressing a buoyant or self-confident air.

A jaunty grin; a hat worn at a jaunty angle.

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In fashion; stylish; chic.
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Airy; showy; finical; hence, characterized by an affected or fantastical manner.

The courtier was a jaunty fellow, attuned to the esoteric court gossip and attentive to the least beneficial wind of favor blowing from the throne.

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He wore a jaunty outfit that was all the rage.

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He walked down the street with a jaunty swaggering step, as if daring others less perfectly satisfied to intrude upon his good mood.

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Origin of jaunty

  • French gentil nice from Old French noble gentle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Formerly spelt janty, from French gentil. See gentle, and compare genty.

    From Wiktionary