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jaunty

[ jawn-tee, jahn- ]SEE DEFINITION OF jaunty

Synonyms for jaunty

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Antonyms for jaunty

  • depressed
  • sad
  • serious
  • unhappy
  • lethargic
  • lifeless
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAUNTY

There was something soldierly in his bearing, and he wore a jaunty cap and jacket.

But once he came up out of the cabin with a jaunty feather in his hat.

He was cool and jaunty, his hands in his pockets, a rose in his buttonhole.

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

To conceal my nervousness I tried to affect an air of jaunty composure.

He would have to dissemble, and he rejoined his party with what he intended for a jaunty air.

But he moved very quickly, and there was an air of jaunty liveliness about him.

What a jaunty, ugly, devil-may-care set of fellows they were!

There are Orientals of all types, with jaunty Englishmen, and gay parties of Americans.

He could not resist the temptation, also, of purchasing a small, jaunty cane.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR JAUNTY

airy

adjectivebuoyant, light, or lively in nature
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