Definitions

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

  • adj. Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.
  • adj. Crisp and dapper in appearance; natty.
  • adj. Archaic Stylish.
  • adj. Archaic Genteel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Airy; showy; finical; hence, characterized by an affected or fantastical manner.
  • adj. Dapper or stylish.
  • adj. Ostentatiously self-confident.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Airy; showy; finical; hence, characterized by an affected or fantastical manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Genteel.
  • Gay and sprightly in manner, appearance, or action; airy; also, affectedly elegant or showy.

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

  • adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  • adj. having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air

Etymologies

French gentil, nice, from Old French, noble; see gentle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Formerly spelt janty, from French gentil. See gentle, and compare genty. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The young puppets in jaunty swimming trunks, although they magically execute flashy dives and swim through air, are, if anything, more poignant still.

    Or You Could Kiss Me – review

  • The German women -- bronzed, buxom lasses, for the most part, in jaunty hats and feathers -- look very sharp after their young men, interfering sadly between them and the insinuating sergeants.

    Enlistment of Irish and German Emigrants on the Battery, at New York

  • It’s the story of a man-eating plant that eventually takes over the world, told in jaunty 1960s-style doo-wop, written by a little-known team called Ashman and Mencken who would eventually fade into obscurity after producing little-known Disney musicals like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

    It's Official

  • He had tied a kerchief around his neck in a way that could only be described as jaunty.

    Every little thing in the world

  • You may recall the jaunty ceramic pots from the last trip to H&G.

    Tuesday, August 11 – The Bleat.

  • And after the sergeant has read aloud an official declaration under the Official Secrets Act, and each one of them has separately signed an impressive form, Amory calls a jaunty Also los, bitte, meine Herren! across the hangar to a squad of policemen in dungarees who promptly lay their ladders against the British Leyland bus and swarm onto the roof, barking orders at each other until, with infinite circumspection, the backdrop is laid like a precious archaeological find on the concrete floor, and unrolled.

    Absolute Friends

  • He tries TOO hard to look GQ - laughable how he ALWAYS throws his suit jacket over a shoulder for just that "jaunty" look when in fact he grew up as a gangbanger, it's so unnatural.

    Christine Essels CD 2 Party in The Valley

  • Holly and I hung out at the SFWA suite for awhile, where I somehow got talked into promising to knit Jeremy Lassen a "jaunty" scarf to go with his zoot suit convention looks.

    The Really Long Worldcon Post

  • Earlier this month at the Venice Biennale, Karl Lagerfeld introduced an unusual accessory for Chanel: pale-colored, curvy and soft-looking, it was hard to tell from a picture whether it was some kind of jaunty tote bag or perhaps a fetching new hat.

    A Certain Sense of Calm

  • It was exactly the kind of jaunty banter that two people comfortable with their status and fame engage in in public spaces; one of those encounters that makes the notion of being a celebrity in New York look appealing.

    Griffin Dunne's Tract Is a Cautionary Movie

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