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jaunty
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
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.
    p. 50.8
jauntiness = appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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.
    p. 52.8
  • 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.
    p. 58.2
  • 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.
    p. 79.8
  • 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.
    p. 177.3

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