jaunty
adjective (jauntier; -est) Etymology: modification of French gentil Date: 1662 1. archaic a. stylish b. genteel 2. sprightly in manner or appearance ; lively <
sporting a jaunty red beret
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a jaunty stroll
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jauntily adverbjauntiness noun

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  • Jaunty — Jaun ty, a. [Compar. {Jauntier}; superl. {Jauntiest}.] [Formerly spelt janty, fr. F. gentil. See {Gentle}, and cf. {Genty}.] Airy; showy; finical; hence, characterized by an affected or fantastical manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jaunty — index resilient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • jaunty — 1660s, elegant, stylish, from Fr. gentil nice, pleasing, in Old French noble (see GENTLE (Cf. gentle)). Form reflects attempt to render the French pronunciation of gentil. Meaning easy and sprightly in manner first attested 1670s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jaunty — [adj] lively airy, animated, bold, brash, breezy, buoyant, carefree, careless, cocky, dapper, dashing, debonair, devilish, devil maycare*, easy, exhilarated, flip*, flippant, forward, free, fresh, frisky, frolicsome, gamesome, gay, high spirited …   New thesaurus

  • jaunty — ► ADJECTIVE (jauntier, jauntiest) ▪ having a lively and self confident manner. DERIVATIVES jauntily adverb jauntiness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «well bred, genteel»: from French gentil well born …   English terms dictionary

  • jaunty — [jôn′tē] adj. jauntier, jauntiest [earlier janty, genty < Fr gentil, genteel: see GENTLE] 1. in fashion; stylish; chic 2. lighthearted and merry; sprightly; perky jauntily adv. jauntiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Jaunty — Liste des versions d Ubuntu Article principal : Ubuntu. Les nouvelles versions d’Ubuntu, sortent deux fois par an, utilisant l’année et le mois de la sortie comme numéro de version. La première version, par exemple, était Ubuntu 4.10,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • jaunty — jaun|ty [ˈdʒo:nti US ˈdʒo:nti, ˈdʒa:nti] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: jentee polite (17 18 centuries), from French gentil] 1.) showing that you are confident and happy ▪ He had a jaunty walk. ▪ Her hat was set at a jaunty angle. 2.) jaunty music …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jaunty — adjective jaunty actions, clothes etc show that you are confident and cheerful: at a jaunty angle: His hat was tilted at a jaunty angle. jauntily adverb jauntiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • jaunty — jauntily, adv. jauntiness, n. /jawn tee, jahn /, adj., jauntier, jauntiest. 1. easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step. 2. smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat. [1655 65; earlier jentee, juntee < F gentil noble,… …   Universalium

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