Adjective "jaunty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner.
  1. 'Played at a quickstep tempo, the dirge was at once transformed into a jaunty, comic, oompah version of the Scottish anthem.'
  2. 'She had a jaunty manner… but there was more than that to be noticed about Miss Stuart.'
  3. 'There are some wonderful turns of phrase in this fast-moving novel, powered by sassy dialogue and the jaunty mindset of its heroine.'
  4. 'Within minutes, everyone around the dinner table was wearing a paper hat at a rakishly jaunty angle and looking expectantly in my direction.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Whistling a jaunty tune to herself, she watched the group of students file out of the lecture hall wearily.'
  7. 'The music is effortlessly organic and songs such as Fingerprints and Only One Way are jaunty despite their lyrically black quality.'
  8. 'A recent recruit from Liverpool who joined his Stafford Street office was welcomed with a few jaunty choruses from a sea shanty.'
  9. 'His crimson eyes were locked onto her gaze; a cigarette protruding from his lips at a jaunty angle.'
  10. '‘I have to tell you something,’ he said, pushing his tattered hat back at a jaunty angle.'


1. easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.

2. smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.

More examples(as adjective)

"presidents can be jaunty in dealings."

"angles can be jaunty."

"rhythms can be jaunty."

"ways can be jaunty."

"tunes can be jaunty."

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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘well-bred, genteel’): from French gentil (see gentle, genteel).