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
  1. noun
    a journey taken for pleasure
    synonyms: excursion, expedition, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
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    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
  2. verb
    make a trip for pleasure
    synonyms: 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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