Running out to get pizza to bring back before the big game? This short, quick, pleasurable trip could be called a jaunt (unless of course, you get your pizza from Italy, that’s called “time to get a closer pizza place”).

Jaunt was used in the 17th century to describe a journey on a horse just long enough to tire the horse out. Nebraska has what they call a Junk Jaunt, which is a yard sale that includes up to 40 towns and stretches nearly 300 miles and draws up to 20,000 people. That’s more than enough to make any horse tired, but they call it a jaunt nevertheless.

Definitions of jaunt

n a journey taken for pleasure

excursion, expedition, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
field trip
a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

v make a trip for pleasure

travel, trip
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junket, junketeer
go on a pleasure trip
travel to, visit
go to certain places as for sightseeing
journey, travel
undertake a journey or trip
ply, run
travel a route regularly
travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
travel around, through, or over, especially on foot
live out, sleep out
work in a house where one does not live
visit famous or interesting sights
frequent, haunt
be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
make a tour of a certain place
travel all over the world for pleasure and sightseeing
ride in or travel with a sledge
navigate, sail, voyage
travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
make a long and difficult journey
journey on foot, especially in the mountains

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