jaunty

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Etymology[edit]

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

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jaunty (comparative jauntier, superlative jauntiest)

  1. 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.
  2. Dapper or stylish.
    He wore a jaunty outfit that was all the rage.
  3. Ostentatiously self-confident.
    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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