Definition of jaunty in English:

jaunty

Syllabification: jaun·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈjôn(t)ē
 
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adjective (jauntier, jauntiest)

Having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner: there was no mistaking that jaunty walk
More example sentences
  • Why does my hair, which is short on top and usually stands up in a jaunty sort of manner at home, go flat whenever I go to London?
  • She had a jaunty manner… but there was more than that to be noticed about Miss Stuart.
  • He casually walked down the stairs, humming a jaunty tune to himself as he did so.
Synonyms
carefree, blithe, airy, lighthearted, nonchalant, insouciant, happy-go-lucky

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'well-bred, genteel'): from French gentil (see gentle1, genteel).

Derivatives

jauntily

adverb
More example sentences
  • It made me dream of becoming a huge movie star, so I could stop on the red carpet at his microphone, wait for a question, pause, tilt my head wordlessly and then jauntily just walk on by.
  • He leaned jauntily against the wall, wearing a red shirt with white sleeves cinched by thin strips of leather, and black pants, and he stood 5 feet and 10 inches tall, only a little taller than her.
  • At the door, the two best friends chatted a bit, then Marina departed for home, swinging her case jauntily, and humming the prelude from earlier, not really paying attention to anything.

jauntiness

noun
More example sentences
  • Young men about town, rushing back to the country to see their sweethearts would leap from the train, hoping to kick-start a jauntiness that would see them through their reunion.
  • Nestling between the whimsical jauntiness of the main refrain, there is even a hint of real wistfulness in the ‘Uncle Bulgaria’ verse.
  • When Pierre and I go our separate ways, a day later, we are still incredulous at what we've seen and as he walks toward his plane to Paris, there is a fresh jauntiness in his step.

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