Simple Definition of jaunty
: lively in manner or appearance : having or suggesting a lively and confident quality
Examples of jaunty in a sentence
He struck a jaunty pose for the camera.
She was wearing a jaunty white cap.
Did You Know?
You might not guess that the words "jaunty" and "genteel" are related - but they are. Both words evolved from the French word gentil, which carried the sense of "noble." At first "jaunty" was used, like "genteel," for things aristocratic, but as the years went by people stopped using it that way. Today "jaunty" is used to describe things that are lively and perky - not things that are aristocratic and elegant - and the only remaining clue to its noble origin is in its pronunciation.
Origin and Etymology of jaunty
modification of French gentil
First Known Use: 1662
JAUNTY Defined for Kids
Definition of jaunty for Students
: lively in manner or appearance <He approached with a jaunty walk.>
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