verb \ ˈflȯnt , ˈflänt \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of flaunt

flaunted; flaunting; flaunts
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
1 : to display ostentatiously or impudently : parade
  • flaunting his superiority
  • a chance to flaunt clothes, bodies, and sexuality
  • New Yorker
2 : to treat contemptuously
  • flaunted the rules
  • —Louis Untermeyer




play \ˈflȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈflän-\ adverb


play \ˈflȯn--tē, ˈflän-\ adjective

flaunt vs. flout

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. BlackburnAAUP 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

  1. She liked to flaunt her wealth by wearing furs and jewelry.

  2. They openly flaunted the rules.

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Origin and Etymology of flaunt

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

Synonym Discussion of 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 Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of flaunt for English Language Learners

  • : 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)

FLAUNT Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈflȯnt \

Definition of flaunt for Students

flaunted; flaunting
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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