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

The 28-year-old actress flaunted her curls while promoting her new film Dreamland this week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Margot Robbie Just Debuted Curly Hair for the First Time," 30 Apr. 2019 Though that hasn’t dampened her curiosity in the least; she’s been known to flaunt emerging designers from far-flung corners of the globe on the street. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Tracing Bella Hadid’s Street Style Evolution From SoCal Good Girl to Fearless Fashion Risk-Taker," 25 Mar. 2019 This was a day of misery for Chelsea — the west London club’s heaviest loss in 28 years — but one for both City and Dean to flaunt their flamboyance. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Aguero, City humiliate Chelsea — and referee joins in japes," 10 Feb. 2019 For nearly her entire reign, the British monarch has continued to flaunt a few handbags, all from the same U.K. designer. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has Carried the Same Three Launer Bags for Years, Because Like Her They Improve with Age," 9 Jan. 2019 The floor-length number featured long, breezy sleeves, and Christie did not hold back from flaunting them in her poses. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwendoline Christie Looked Like a Goddess at the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 Last night, however, Kylie positively flaunted that mysterious (LARGE) square cut diamond many believe is her engagement ring at the Pre-Grammys Gala. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Together Amid Engagement Rumors," 11 Feb. 2019 The mother of three flaunted a badass stare and a few silly poses, sticking her tongue out in one sassy shot. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Beyonce Shows Off Her Incredible Style on Board a Private Jet: See Photos," 2 July 2018 The very wealthy flaunted their newly extravagant lifestyles, viewing their riches — a result of that century’s great social and technological changes — as proof that the U.S. was on the right track. Lily Rothman, Time, "How American Inequality in the Gilded Age Compares to Today," 5 Feb. 2018

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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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flauta

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flaunt

verb

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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