verb \ˈvnt, ˈvänt\

Definition of VAUNT

intransitive verb
:  to make a vain display of one's own worth or attainments :  brag
transitive verb
:  to call attention to pridefully and often boastfully <people who vaunt their ingenuity>
vaunt·er noun
vaunt·ing·ly \ˈvn-tiŋ-lē, ˈvän-\ adverb

Examples of VAUNT

  1. <even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit>

Origin of VAUNT

Middle English, from Anglo-French vanter, from Late Latin vanitare, frequentative of Latin *vanare, from vanus vain
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of VAUNT

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration <boasts of every trivial success>, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride <the town boasts one of the best museums in the area>. brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself <bragging of their exploits>. vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag <vaunted his country's military might>. crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging <crowed after winning the championship>.

Rhymes with VAUNT



Definition of VAUNT

:  a vainglorious display of what one is or has or has done
:  a bragging assertive statement

First Known Use of VAUNT

14th century


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