ˈflȯnt How to pronounce flaunt (audio)
flaunted; flaunting; flaunts

intransitive verb

: to display or obtrude oneself to public notice
a great flaunting crowdCharles Dickens
: to wave or flutter showily
the flag flaunts in the breeze

transitive verb

: to display ostentatiously or impudently : parade
flaunting his superiority
a chance to flaunt clothes, bodies, and sexualityNew Yorker
: to treat contemptuously
flaunted the rulesLouis Untermeyer
flaunt noun
flauntingly adverb
ˈflȯn--tē How to pronounce flaunt (audio)
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

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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flaunt was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Flaunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaunt. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈflȯnt How to pronounce flaunt (audio)
: to wave or flutter in a showy way
a flag flaunting in the breeze
: to make a big show of : parade
flaunting their knowledge

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