jaunty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɔːn.ti/
  • (some accents) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɑːn.ti/

Adjective[edit]

jaunty (comparative jauntier, superlative jauntiest)

  1. Airy; showy; finical
  2. (by extension) 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.
  3. Dapper or stylish.
    He wore a jaunty outfit that was all the rage.
  4. 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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