- adj. 快活的；活泼的；洋洋得意的；感到自信和自满的
1. French gentil was reborrowed into English as genteel, in which again connotations of good breeding figure highly. Attempts at a French accent resulted ultimately in jaunty, which originally meant 'wellbred' or 'elegant'.
2. Form reflects attempt to render the French pronunciation of gentil.
- jaunty: see gentle
- jaunty (adj.)
- 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.
- 1. She cocked her hat at a jaunty angle.
- 2. The happy boy walked with jaunty steps.
- 3. "Whoa, I'm goin" to Barbay-dos!' ran the jaunty lyrics of a 1970s hit song.
- 4. His full mustache curled upward in a jaunty, arrogant way.
- 5. The happy children walked with jaunty steps.
[ jaunty 造句 ]