Definition of jaunty in English:



  • Having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner.

    ‘there was no mistaking that jaunty walk’
    • ‘A recent recruit from Liverpool who joined his Stafford Street office was welcomed with a few jaunty choruses from a sea shanty.’
    • ‘He is trying to look as jaunty as he can - wearing a baby blue Lacoste V-neck sweater and navy chinos - but his mood is as dark as the skies.’
    • ‘‘I have to tell you something,’ he said, pushing his tattered hat back at a jaunty angle.’
    • ‘Played at a quickstep tempo, the dirge was at once transformed into a jaunty, comic, oompah version of the Scottish anthem.’
    • ‘Whistling a jaunty tune to herself, she watched the group of students file out of the lecture hall wearily.’
    • ‘The towpath was lit only by the brightness of the full moon but she knew his jaunty walk anywhere and anyway there was nobody else around at that time of the night.’
    • ‘Within minutes, everyone around the dinner table was wearing a paper hat at a rakishly jaunty angle and looking expectantly in my direction.’
    • ‘Even the jaunty theme tune is reminiscent of his earlier BAFTA - winning success.’
    • ‘The music faltered for a moment and resumed, just as happy and jaunty as ever.’
    • ‘Yet beneath the jaunty public veneer, he was far less self-assured.’
    • ‘The music is effortlessly organic and songs such as Fingerprints and Only One Way are jaunty despite their lyrically black quality.’
    • ‘She had a jaunty manner… but there was more than that to be noticed about Miss Stuart.’
    • ‘There are some wonderful turns of phrase in this fast-moving novel, powered by sassy dialogue and the jaunty mindset of its heroine.’
    • ‘He casually walked down the stairs, humming a jaunty tune to himself as he did so.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his unkempt, honey-colored hair, before giving a jaunty little bow.’
    • ‘His crimson eyes were locked onto her gaze; a cigarette protruding from his lips at a jaunty angle.’
    • ‘Mike wore his hat at a jaunty angle and Gordy stuffed his hand in his pants to emulate the great Admiral of the British Fleet.’
    • ‘Why does my hair, which is short on top and usually stands up in a jaunty sort of manner at home, go flat whenever I go to London?’
    • ‘Maybe instead of a white hat, something in beige would look jaunty.’
    • ‘Despite its minimal production values and simple premise, the ad, made by Chemistry, makes clever use of the jaunty tune.’
    cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, joyful, gleeful, glad
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘well-bred, genteel’): from French gentil (see gentle, genteel).