Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: jaunty
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɔːnti

Definition of jaunty in English:

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.
cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, joyful, gleeful, glad;
carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, blithe, airy, light-hearted, nonchalant, insouciant, happy-go-lucky, free and easy, easy-going, blasé, devil-may-care, casual, relaxed
North American informal peart
dated gay


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



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.


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.

Definition of jaunty in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
lively; cheerful