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She walks with a jaunty step.
  appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
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jaunty jauntily jauntiness
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  • She walks with a jaunty step.
  • There’s a jaunty optimism in her nature.
  • I noticed that she wore her evening-dress, all her dresses, like sports clothes — there was a jauntiness about her movements as if she had first learned to walk upon golf courses on clean, crisp mornings.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Yeah, well you plus me, we’re like MTV plus Lifetime," I say, with as much jauntiness as I can muster.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • One day later now, waist-deep in a snowbank, Cassie the ice maiden, with a jaunty little cap made out of snow and frozen hair and ice-encrusted eyelashes, all warm and floaty, dying by inches, but at least dying on her feet trying to keep a promise she had no prayer of keeping.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Then he shrugged, looked up, and gave a surprisingly jaunty smile.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Several of the angels going into the club are in old-fashioned gangster zoot suits complete with felt hats and jaunty feathers.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She brushed out her hair, cut in a becoming style that never touched the collar of her suit jacket, and fastened her jaunty cap, which she had to leave on for the duration of the flight, not that she minded.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Kit leaned sideways to see the letters painted jauntily on the transom.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He searched for her in every young girl’s face he saw, in every ponytail that swished by, in every jaunty step of a healthy child on the street.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase

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  • "Well," said T.J., jauntily swinging into step with Stacey, "here we go again startin’ another school year."
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The heirs watched the jaunty doorman pull out a chair for the judge.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Court’s in recess:’ Green was almost jaunty as he stepped off the bench.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • That enormous, wonderful porch glimpsed from the street, Merrick and two teenaged friends lounging in this very swing so casually, so stylishly, wearing rolled-up blue jeans and gaily patterned neckerchiefs tied in jaunty knots.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • It is important, though, to note that my grandmother never told me or my father about another slave child—he bore the jaunty name of Artiste—who, like Drusilla and Lucinda, had been "given" to her by her father and then soon after had been sold by him.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some are respectably dressed, in tailored Harris tweed coats and matching gloves and tidy no-nonsense hats with small brisk feathers jauntily at one side.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I shook my head, eyes watering from the blow, and the circlet settled into place, crucifix swinging jauntily between my naked breasts.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "About time," he said jauntily, tossing it onto the baggage cart.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Al strolled jauntily along the row of tents.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She is a jaunty, stringy, blue-eyed woman, with hair the color of silver and dry grass.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • "Morning, Mum," said George, in what he clearly thought was a jaunty, winning voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "Close up!" came the company commander’s voice in jaunty tones.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He was dressed jauntily, and he twinkled with his old gallantry as he kissed Mrs. Keating’s hand.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The moon shone upon him, and I could distinguish the dapper shape and jaunty walk of the naturalist.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • She was wearing a jaunty shirtwaist, white with small red and blue semaphore flags.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Earlier that day, dressing in his own dwelling, he had practiced the kind of jaunty, self-assured walk that he hoped he could make to the stage when his turn came.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • His big slouch hat even was cocked jauntily over the bed-post.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • A veneer of jaunty self-confidence thinly concealed his nervousness.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He affected an air of jaunty familiarity as he sauntered to the court and prayed silently that he would not be recognized.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The brigade was jaunty and seemed to point a proud thumb at the yelling wood.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • A cigarette was cocked in one corner of his mouth at a jaunty angle.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • His breeches, his white rubber shoes and his jauntily slung waterproof expressed youth.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • No. He says to you jauntily, ’Gentlemen, there is fighting going on in Gascony or in Flanders; go and fight,’ and you go there.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • They marched in good order, jaunty for all their rags, their torn red battle flags flying in the rain.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Their shoulders drooped even as they laughed, and when they put their hands on their hips in a show of jauntiness, the palms slipped the thighs as if the pants were waxed.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He had pinned his Head Boy badge to the fez perched jauntily on top of his neat hair, his horn-rimmed glasses flashing in the Egyptian sun.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • She yawned gracefully in my face: "Please come and see me…… Phone book…. Under the name of Mrs. Sigourney Howard…. My aunt…… " she was hurrying off as she talked — her brown hand waved a jaunty salute as she melted into her party at the door.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • A man stepped out jauntily.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • His was the gait of the wolf, smooth, tireless and effortless, and at the end of fifty miles he would come in jauntily ahead of the horse.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Clean white shirt, even here, white cuffs, hat cocked forward slightly jauntily, shading his eyes.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • She walked back to the front of the class and stood before them, all the jauntiness she had shown at the beginning of the lesson gone.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A couple of men approached, eating up the walk with long jaunty strides that caused their heavy silk sport shirts to flounce rhythmically upon their bodies.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In fact, as I watched her, she seemed quite happy, her two brown braids bouncing jauntily in rhythm to her walk.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • I gave a little halfwave, hoping it was jaunty, then headed out into the yard.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • With that Jo marched straight away and the rest followed, a bright little band of sisters, all looking their best in summer suits, with happy faces under the jaunty hatbrims.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He walked jauntily away, being hungry, and the unfortunate Matthew was left to do that which was harder for him than bearding a lion in its den—walk up to a girl—a strange girl—an orphan girl—and demand of her why she wasn’t a boy.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • As we walked toward the house, Cuzak cocked his hat jauntily over one ear and looked up at the moon.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The animals, refreshed, began stepping jauntily again, tossing their heads and jangling the bells that hung from their red-painted horns.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • His long chin faded off into a thin, apologetic beard, but his suit was a jaunty yellow that seemed to glow a little in the fading light.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • Adam’s father Cyrus was something of a devil—had always been wild—drove a two-wheeled cart too fast, and managed to make his wooden leg seem jaunty and desirable.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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