Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short trip or excursion, usually for pleasure; an outing.
  • intransitive v. To make a short journey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wearisome journey.
  • n. A short excursion for pleasure or refreshment; a ramble; a short journey.
  • v. To ramble here and there; to stroll; to make an excursion.
  • v. To ride on a jaunting car.
  • v. (obsolete) To jolt; to jounce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To ramble here and there; to stroll; to make an excursion.
  • intransitive v. To ride on a jaunting car.
  • transitive v. To jolt; to jounce.
  • n. A wearisome journey.
  • n. A short excursion for pleasure or refreshment; a ramble; a short journey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as jaunce.
  • Same as jaunce, 2.
  • To wander here and there; ramble; make an excursion, especially for pleasure.
  • n. A jolting; a shaking up, as by much walking.
  • n. A ramble; an excursion; a short journey, especially one made for pleasure.
  • n. Synonyms Trip, tour, stroll.
  • n. A sneer; gibe; taunt.
  • n. A felly of a wheel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a journey taken for pleasure
  • v. make a trip for pleasure

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Scots jaunder to ramble, jaunt to taunt, jeer, dial. Swedish ganta to play the buffoon, romp, jest; perhaps akin to English jump. Compare jaunce. (Wiktionary)

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  • Don Palomares (when did you become a DON?), No we haven't made the jaunt from the airport before.

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  • I'm not looking for an extravagant vacation here; just a short-term jaunt, really.

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  • Such a jaunt was a rare treat to the child, for Isabella Spencer seldom allowed her to go from home with anybody but herself.

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  • This wizening of our features was due to the strain of travel and lack of sleep; we had enough to eat, and I have only mentioned it to help impress the fact that the journey to the Pole and back is not to be regarded as a pleasure outing, and our so-called jaunt was by no means a cake-walk.

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  • The last two miles of their jaunt were the hardest of all, especially to

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  • And don't forget the camera for this 195-mile West Michigan jaunt, which is best enjoyed from early to late October.

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  • The jaunt was the final event during Mr Berlusconi's private visit to Saint Petersburg, which has been ridiculed by the Italian Left.

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  • The girls were racing about in absolute delight over the ferns, while Mr. Rand, who had actually taken the "jaunt" from the hotel afoot, sat on a huge stone comparing notes with his muscles, and with the inactive years of discretion and indiscretion.

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