\ˈflȯnt, ˈflänt\
flaunted; flaunting; flaunts

Definition of flaunt 

intransitive verb

1 : to display or obtrude oneself to public notice a great flaunting crowd— Charles Dickens

2 : to wave or flutter showily the flag flaunts in the breeze

transitive verb

1 : to display ostentatiously or impudently : parade flaunting his superiority a chance to flaunt clothes, bodies, and sexualityNew Yorker

2 : to treat contemptuously flaunted the rules— Louis Untermeyer

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Other Words from flaunt

flaunt noun
flauntingly \ ˈflȯn-​tiŋ-​lē , ˈflän-​ \ adverb
flaunty \ ˈflȯn-​-​tē , ˈflän-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for flaunt

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Flaunt vs. Flout: Usage Guide

Although the "treat contemptuously" sense of flaunt undoubtedly arose from confusion with flout, the contexts in which it appears cannot be called substandard. meting out punishment to the occasional mavericks who operate rigged games, tolerate rowdyism, or otherwise flaunt the law — Oscar Lewis observed with horror the flaunting of their authority in the suburbs, where men … put up buildings that had no place at all in a Christian commonwealth — Marchette Chute in our profession … very rarely do we publicly chastise a colleague who has flaunted our most basic principles — R. T. Blackburn, AAUP Bull. If you use it, however, you should be aware that many people will consider it a mistake. Use of flout in the sense of "flaunt, parade" is found occasionally. "The proper pronunciation," the blonde said, flouting her refined upbringing, "is pree feeks" — Mike Royko

Examples of flaunt in a Sentence

She liked to flaunt her wealth by wearing furs and jewelry. They openly flaunted the rules.

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Nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are quietly being mass-produced but Kim won’t flaunt them. Foster Klug, The Seattle Times, "“Grand Theater”: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup?," 18 Sep. 2018 The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 46, flaunted her ripped abs, toned arms and muscular legs in a tiny two-piece bikini at the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on Saturday in Medford, New Jersey. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Teresa Giudice Proudly Displays Her Muscles in a Bikini at Bodybuilding Competition," 9 June 2018 The model flaunted them literally all weekend long, starting off Friday night in a 100% see-through gold mini straight out of the '90s. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall Jenner Had Her Nipples on Display All Weekend Long at the Cannes Film Festival," 14 May 2018 San Diego flaunted its lack of fielding elegance on Monday night. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers extend win streak to four with sweep over Padres," 19 Apr. 2018 Rather than flaunt her bump like many women choose to do, for her fourth time around Ms. Beckham wore loose fitting clothes to draw attention away from her growing belly. Redbook, "Results of the Great Mom Debate: Would You Do a "Bump Portrait" While Pregnant?," 18 July 2011 The moratorium is still in place, though non-member countries such as Japan and Russia flaunt it. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Antarctica’s Waters May Soon Harbor a Boom of Baby Humpback Whales," 5 May 2018 By flaunting its military might, North Korea is also believed to be attempting to further drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea’s Military Parade Comes at a Bad Time for Trump," 8 Feb. 2018 Some travelers stayed away in the aftermath of the fires, but the valley was soon back on its feet, flaunting a more dynamic and fashionable face than ever. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of flaunt

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flaunt

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flana to rush around

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English Language Learners Definition of flaunt

: to show (something) in a very open way so that other people will notice

: to show a lack of respect for (something, such as a rule)


\ˈflȯnt \
flaunted; flaunting

Kids Definition of flaunt

1 : to wave or flutter in a showy way The flag flaunts in the breeze.

2 : to show in a way that attracts attention They like to flaunt their money.

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