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  • adj. Archaic form of jaunty..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See jaunty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See jaunty.

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Examples

  • While he was slumbering soundly in the cabin, many an eye was directed from the shore, and from the boats and vessels in the harbor, at the trim and janty yacht which had come in during the night.

    Little Bobtail or The Wreck of the Penobscot.

  • She was even trimmer and more janty than he had supposed.

    Little Bobtail or The Wreck of the Penobscot.

  • Now, really, our hero did not think half so much of the janty yacht he had captured as he did of the old tub, and we do not know that he would have taken the trouble to enter her cabin before he wanted a place to sleep, if he had not been hungry.

    Little Bobtail or The Wreck of the Penobscot.

  • It was originally a small frame building; but my father had added to it one portion after another, until it became spacious; and the large porches in front and on the rear, gave it quite a genteel, janty air.

    Sheppard Lee

  • "Well, -- I think it very extraordinary," said Ned, with a dry laugh and an affected, janty air, as he took a turn into the middle of the room, -- "that the fountains of speech should be sealed up, when I had something of the greatest importance in the world to communicate to you."

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. II.

  • HONEYCOMB, who looks upon Love as his particular Province, interrupting our Friend with a janty Laugh; I thought, Knight, says he, thou hadst lived long enough in the World, not to pin thy Happiness upon one that is a Woman and a Widow.

    The Spectator, Volume 2.

  • I durst have sworn that very thing by your Air, your janty, way of Dress, your Perriwig.

    Manley: The Lost Lover: Characters

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  • (adjective) - Showy, flattering. It is probable that when this word was first adopted it was pronounced as close to the French gentil as possible, but as we have no letter in our language equivalent to the French soft g, and as the nasal vowel en, when not followed by hard g, c, or k, is not to be pronounced by a mere English speaker, it is no wonder that the word was anglisized in its sound, as well as in its orthography. --John Walker's Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language, 1835

    April 22, 2018