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jaunty

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Definition appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
  • She walks with a jaunty step.
jaunty = appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
  • There's a jaunty optimism in her nature.
  • jaunty = appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
  • 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
  • jauntiness = appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • jaunty = lively and self-confident
  • Suddenly I wasn't thinking of Daisy and Gatsby any more, but of this clean, hard, limited person, who dealt in universal scepticism, and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • She was dressed to play golf, and I remember thinking she looked like a good illustration, her chin raised a little jauntily, her hair the color of an autumn leaf, her face the same brown tint as the fingerless glove on her knee.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • 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
  • She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Kit leaned sideways to see the letters painted jauntily on the transom.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • As we walked toward the house, Cuzak cocked his hat jauntily over one ear and looked up at the moon.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "Oh, well," she said rather jauntily.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • [He grins and ducks jauntily out.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • 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
  • Then he asked with a kind of false jauntiness, 'And when, if I may ask...?'
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • With a jaunty, swaggering stride and nasal hum and toothy whistle, a tall, square-shouldered man drew abreast.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • A beak-nosed man in a jaunty beret winked at her.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • The brigade was jaunty and seemed to point a proud thumb at the yelling wood.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • 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
  • Clean white shirt, even here, white cuffs, hat cocked forward slightly jauntily, shading his eyes.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • With unnecessary jauntiness he chuckled, "Some nice flannels, them samples, heh?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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