Definition of flaunt
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>
2 : to treat contemptuously <flaunted the rules — Louis Untermeyer>
flauntinglyplay \ˈflȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈflän-\ adverb
flauntyplay \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. 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.
Origin and Etymology of flaunt
perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flana to rush around
First Known Use: 1566
Synonym Discussion of flaunt
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
Definition of flaunt for Students
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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