adjective, jaun·ti·er, jaun·ti·est.

  1. easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step.
  2. smartly trim, as clothing: a jaunty hat.

adjective -tier or -tiest

  1. sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; briska jaunty step
  2. smart; trima jaunty hat

1660s, “elegant, stylish,” from French gentil “nice, pleasing,” in Old French “noble” (see gentle). Form reflects attempt to render the French pronunciation of gentil. Meaning “easy and sprightly in manner” first attested 1670s. Related: Jauntily; jauntiness.

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