flaunt

verb
\ ˈflȯnt How to pronounce flaunt (audio) , 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 How to pronounce flauntingly (audio) , ˈflän-​ \ adverb
flaunty \ ˈflȯn-​-​tē How to pronounce flaunty (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web This includes stemming the threat of North Korean ballistic missile tests while the rogue nation flaunts its nuclear capability. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Sharing the cost of US troops in Korea: Washington and Seoul must 'bridge the gap' on making a deal, experts say," 26 Feb. 2020 Motherless Brooklyn invites the same derision, as the latest proof that liberal Hollywood just can’t help flaunting its liberalism and defeating itself. Armond White, National Review, "Motherless Brooklyn’s Retro Liberalism," 13 Nov. 2019 The actress embraces her chameleonic fashion impulses with both hands, flaunting a classically feminine silhouette on the red carpet one moment, and then switching things up with a daring, androgynous look the next. Vogue, "Elizabeth Debicki Is Redefining the Look of Australian Cool," 20 Mar. 2019 Meghan CAN’T STOP showing off: Duchess uses these SNEAKY tricks to flaunt her baby bump. Washington Post, "How much did the British tabloids’ brutal coverage of Harry and Meghan impact their decision to ‘step back’?," 9 Jan. 2020 Zoe Kravitz was spotted flaunting a face-framing pixie cut that would make anyone consider lopping off their locks, and Storm Reid rocked a mesmerizing makeup look that left us green with envy. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From The Golden Globes After-Party," 6 Jan. 2020 Treat it, hide it, or flaunt it ... more than enough options for any bald man to try to wrap his head around. CBS News, "Almanac: Baldness," 22 Dec. 2019 Instead of covering up, Graham and her stylist Jordan Foster have found inventive ways to flaunt her curves—much to the delight of fashion enthusiasts everywhere. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Ashley Graham Rewrote the Rules on Maternity Dressing," 6 Dec. 2019 Kurt Busch certainly wanted to flaunt his trophy after beating his brother in a door-to-door overtime battle. Gary B Graves, orlandosentinel.com, "Kurt Busch outduels little brother Kyle to win at Kentucky," 14 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flaunt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of flaunt was in 1566

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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flaunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaunt. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for flaunt

flaunt

verb
How to pronounce flaunt (audio)

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)

flaunt

verb
\ ˈflȯnt How to pronounce flaunt (audio) \
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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