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.
Recent Examples of flaunt from the Web
Palomares flaunted his record as a civil-rights attorney; Smith touted his experience in the tech industry, and Taddeo noted her commitment to the African-American community.
And Graham flaunted her beach bod and leopard print bikini in an Instagram video.
The Harlem rapper, a fashion killa in his own right, also flaunts his runway-ready style by rocking a dapper, tie-less suit and a red track suit sans shirt throughout the visual.
Somehow this flaunting subculture rhetoric often sounds more interesting when it’s tinged with despair.
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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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