jaunty

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adjective jaun·ty \ˈjȯn-tē, ˈjän-\

Definition of jaunty

jauntier

jauntiest

  1. 1 archaic a :  stylish b :  genteel

  2. 2 :  sprightly in manner or appearance :  lively <sporting a jaunty red beret> <a jaunty stroll>

jauntily

play \ˈjȯn-tə-lē, ˈjän-\ adverb

jauntiness

play \ˈjȯn-tē-nəs, ˈjän-\ noun

Examples of jaunty in a sentence

  1. He struck a jaunty pose for the camera.

  2. 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 English Language Learners

jaunty

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adjective jaun·ty \ˈjȯn-tē, ˈjän-\

Definition of jaunty for English Language Learners

  • : lively in manner or appearance : having or suggesting a lively and confident quality


JAUNTY Defined for Kids

jaunty

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adjective jaun·ty \ˈjȯn-tē\

Definition of jaunty for Students

jauntier

jauntiest

  1. :  lively in manner or appearance <He approached with a jaunty walk.>

jauntily

\ˈjȯn-tə-lē\ adverb

jauntiness

\ˈjȯn-tē-nəs\ noun


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