Weekly Word is a weekly post intended to illustrate the meaning and use of a single word. The chosen word will begin with a different letter of the alphabet each week, as Louise (my daughter) and I work our way through the alphabet.
Louise posts on her website:
This week’s word begins with the letter J
1. Easy and sprightly in manner or bearing; happy and confident
2. Smartly trim or stylishly chic in clothing:
3. Archaic: genteel
Part of Speech:
Jauntier (comparative adjective)
Jauntiest (superlative adjective)
In the sense of sprightly:
carefree, high-spirited, devilish, dashing, jocund, perky, animated, jolly, jovial, cocky, sparky, bold, confident, buoyant, playful, impish
In the sense of smart in dress:
Smart, trim, dapper, stylish, spruce, showy, dashing, chic (a jaunty little hat):
depressing, cheerless, listless, depressed, lackadaisical, cheerless, sedate, lethargic, inactive
C17 (1655-65) earlier jentee or juntee from the French gentil (noble, gentle or genteel)
Use the Word in a Sentence:
1. Mary lifted young Jack onto her back and followed behind his twin brother, Joe, who scampered along jauntily on their way to the fair.
2. As they reached the fair, Joe clapped his hands in excitement as the familiar jaunty music of the merry-go-round filled the afternoon air.
3. The jauntiness in the steps of the three friends spoke of their enjoyment in each other’s company during their hike across the countryside.
If you would like to join us in doing this weekly post, both Louise and I would be happy to see you. You can pick of your own word and illustrate its use in any way you choose(even a short story) or use your chosen word to follow a similar pattern to our posts.
12 thoughts on “Weekly Word – Jaunty”
This is a word I can use when writing a children’s story. I’m into children’s Picture Books at the moment and have fun writing the short stories.
I’ve always liked this word. Thanks for sharing, Millie.
I would never have guessed the connection with the French word “gentil”, interesting! And this is a great word. I should use it more often. And wear more jaunty hats! The image of the jaunty carousel is especially cheerful.
Everyone should have a jaunty hat, or have any old hat and wear it at a jaunty angle (such an overused expression in so many books!). I agree it’s a great word. 😀
I like to think the term is used so much because it’s awesome! 🙂
Love the sound of it… there was a cricketer by the name Jonty Rhodes… may be it was a variation of Jaunty. BTW, love the word!
Thank you, Shivangi. Yes, the word has a happy sound that I love, too. As far as I can see (i.e. after looking it up :D) the name Jonty is a derivation of the name Jonathan in Hebrew. But it’s a lovely name.
The word I know the meaning of but I hardly use.