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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAUNTINESS

She tried to be jaunty, but the jauntiness did not ring quite true.

He stopped whistling and strove to control the jauntiness of his gait.

His accent took a little from the jauntiness of Katharine's bearing.

He had lost the jauntiness of his air, but he was still dignified.

For the moment all the jauntiness and exuberance had been drained out of him.

“Naughty, naughty,” said Ellis, but his tone had lost some of its jauntiness.

With a feeble attempt at jauntiness, he staggered out of the cabin.

She spoke with an effort at jauntiness after Merton had greeted her.

She began to attempt, off Lundy, the spring and jauntiness of a trawler.

Her jauntiness and cackling merriment were really wonderful.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "elegant, stylish," from French gentil "nice, pleasing," in Old French "noble" (see gentle). Form reflects attempt to render the French pronunciation of gentil. Meaning "easy and sprightly in manner" first attested 1670s. Related: Jauntily; jauntiness.

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