- a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
verb (used without object)
- to make a short journey.
- a short pleasurable excursion; outing
- (intr) to go on such an excursion
1670s in modern sense of “short pleasure trip,” earlier “tiresome journey” (1590s), earlier as a verb, “tire a horse by riding back and forth on it” (1560s), of unknown origin, perhaps from some obscure Old French word. As a verb in the modern sense from 1640s. Related: Jaunted; jaunting.