AskDefine | Define jaunty

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jaunty adj
1 marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: dapper, dashing, natty, raffish, rakish, smart, spiffy, snappy, spruce]
2 having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air; "looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton; "life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds; "walked with a jaunty step"; "a jaunty optimist" [syn: chipper, debonair, debonaire] [also: jauntiest, jauntier]

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English

Etymology

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

Adjective

  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 beaver hat 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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