\ 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 Women from 90 countries and territories will flaunt their style and heart in this year's pageant, hosted at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Miss Universe 2019: who's competing and how to watch," 8 Dec. 2019 New versions of the classic design are cropping up at major retailers and mom-and-pop stores alike, and on social media, proud owners are already happily flaunting their wares. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Those Adorable Vintage Santa Mugs Are Back in Style—Here's Their Jolly History," 20 Nov. 2019 Here, Jarvey and Suh flaunt a lengthy coffee menu that spans the prerequisite cappuccinos and lattes to signature coffees that meld Nitro cold brew with amenities like muddled mint and figgy pudding & black walnut bitters. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Combination of signature coffee drinks, cocktails and food keep Provision Coffee buzzing day to night," 18 Aug. 2019 Augustus the Strong built the Green Vault—so called for its green malachite columns and green velvet wall coverings—to flaunt the cultural and financial richness of Saxony, a state in eastern Germany. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Thieves Steal Precious Jewels From Dresden’s Treasure-Filled ‘Green Vault’," 26 Nov. 2019 The blacks are always next to bright colors: the vivid splashes of teal, yellow, lime-green, violet and electric blue that males must flaunt in their mating displays. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Ultra-Black Is the New Black," 11 Nov. 2019 The Astros even flaunted their depth in this clincher. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Jose Altuve's walk-off home run sends Astros back to World Series," 18 Oct. 2019 Luxe accouterments like lobster, scallops, free-range bison chili and — as flaunted in the Gold Digga — Berkshire roast pork and black truffles up the ante. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "This Canadian restaurant will bring breakfast poutine to Scottsdale. Here's what to expect," 18 Oct. 2019 The chance to flaunt expert salsa moves, honed over a lifetime, is enough of a thrill. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dance Halls of Mexico City Show Off a Different Side of the City," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Flaunt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaunting. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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)


\ 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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