Definition of jaunt in English:

jaunt

noun

  • A short excursion or journey made for pleasure:

    ‘her regular jaunts to Europe’
    • ‘We went on endless jaunts together: cinema, picnics, park - one year she even had a part in a summer panto, but that was when I could overpower her when I needed to, and when she was naive enough to believe me when I told her something would be fun.’
    • ‘Rathbun is for weekends, Sailorville Reservoir for short evening cruises, and Red Rock Reservoir for afternoon jaunts.’
    • ‘But bigger and better ships are being built all the time, and the vast choice of itineraries, from three-day jaunts to six-month world cruises, means that there is something for everyone.’
    • ‘When they have time off they like to travel - Euro city breaks, transatlantic jaunts, adventurous equatorial treks or even Antipodean long hauls.’
    • ‘Still, the longer waits will cause some travelers to reconsider taking certain flights, like those for weekend jaunts or short business trips.’
    • ‘The stable for Kananaskis Ranch is a short jaunt down a dirt trail from the main lodge.’
    • ‘I now carry a repair tool and first aid kit on all ski trips, even short jaunts in the pastures behind our house.’
    • ‘Since 1997, Saga has also been running its own cruise business offering everything from three-month round the world cruises to short jaunts to the Norwegian fjords.’
    • ‘When I went on a short jaunt to Japan a few years ago, my guide asked me what I was willing to eat.’
    • ‘Together, the books give easy-to-follow directions for through-hikers, as well as shorter jaunts along the Continental Divide Trail.’
    • ‘Indeed, I myself recently completed a short jaunt from Plymouth to Banjul in a twenty quid van - helping to raise loads of lovely cash for a variety of projects in Gambia.’
    • ‘Her competitive days may now be behind her, but Beck still craves the thrill and the swish of skis on snow even if, like most of us, she has to juggle a full-time job around her regular jaunts to the hills.’
    • ‘When we speak, she's in London for a whirlwind promotional tour, including brief jaunts to Oxford and Dublin.’
    • ‘Once when we met in the midst of his frequent and hectic jaunts from airport to airport, city to city, project to project, I asked, ‘Karanth, what do you want out of this nomadic life?’’
    • ‘The little boy stared straight ahead as Lucas pulled out of the driveway in preparation for the short jaunt home.’
    • ‘A motorbike jaunt around the island provides the opportunity to visit natural waterfalls and mountain picnic areas.’
    • ‘Just a short jaunt up the coast from tourist-laden Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab is the location of some of Sinai's best-kept diving secrets.’
    • ‘Even after Messner's father stopped visiting the cabin altogether, she and her husband continued to make regular jaunts to the lake.’
    • ‘The jaunt, which runs throughout July, includes multiple-night stands in Niagara Falls, Ontario; and in the California cities of Los Angeles, Saratoga and Alpine.’
    • ‘In between the now regular jaunts from Washington to Ottawa, Denis arranged to meet with the provincial premiers privately in closed off dining rooms.’
    trip, pleasure trip, outing, excursion, expedition, day trip, day out, mini holiday, short break
    tour, mystery tour, drive, ride, run, turn, cruise, sally
    junket, spin, tootle, joyride, tool
    hurl
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Go on a short journey for pleasure:

    ‘they went jaunting through Ireland’
    • ‘Ed Stewart, Radio 2 Disc Jockey has been jaunting off to Pattaya to play golf!’
    • ‘I had a really busy September, what with my sister's wedding, jaunting around in DC and Austria that I'm still downloading photos from my camera.’
    • ‘But instead of settling down in a nice semi-detached with Mrs Che, he got bored with the office job, and went jaunting around South America with his biggest gun.’
    • ‘Down the hall jaunted Kalvyn cheerfully, hands behind his back as if hiding something.’
    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip
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Origin

Late 16th century: of unknown origin. Originally depreciatory, early senses included ‘tire a horse out by riding it up and down’, ‘traipse about’, and (as a noun) ‘troublesome journey’. The current positive sense dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation:

jaunt

/dʒɔːnt/