\ 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 Thompson and his team normally spend the months traversing Oregon and beyond to lure students, visiting 46 cities to tout the school’s academic reputation and flaunt the Ducks’ brand. oregonlive, "University of Oregon extends acceptance deadline to Sept. 1, giving prospective students extra time to plan amid coronavirus crisis," 29 Apr. 2020 With the Olympics still on the schedule, many athletes feel they are incentivized to either flaunt recommendations to quarantine, putting themselves and others at risk of contracting the virus, or find unsatisfying fly-by-night methods of training. Sean Gregory, Time, "'We Want to Compete, But Not at the Cost of a Life.' Angry Olympians Call for the Tokyo Games to Be Delayed Over COVID-19," 22 Mar. 2020 The game would have helped strengthen alliances and trade between communities by bringing different teams together, and also given budding leaders a chance to flaunt their power and wealth by hosting feasts. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "3400-year-old ballgame court unearthed in mountains of Mexico," 13 Mar. 2020 Police will not be pulling drivers over just for driving on Indiana's roadways, though penalties are possible for those who flaunt the order. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Virus party, stimulus deal, what's closed, cases, social distancing," 25 Mar. 2020 Police will not be pulling drivers over just for driving on Indiana's roadways, though penalties are possible for those who flaunt the order. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus updates: 115 new cases, 2 more deaths," 25 Mar. 2020 The case of Guo Meimei in 2011, who flaunted her wealth while claiming to be a Red Cross employee, was just one among many. Rebecca Kanthor / Shanghai, Time, "A New Generation of Volunteers Emerges in the Chinese City at the Epicenter of the Coronavirus Crisis," 24 Feb. 2020 But then again, sometimes cringe-y things happen when the cameras are rolling — like when Jenna Bush Hager flaunted a bracelet from Kathie Lee Gifford that was really meant for her fourth-hour co-star Hoda Kotb (whoops!). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Stars Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer, and Craig Melvin Made the Show SUPER Awkward," 30 Apr. 2019 Pump isn’t the only place flaunting mature olive trees. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Rethink Plant-Based Dining: These Restaurants and Bars Have Incredible Houseplants and Florals," 10 Mar. 2020

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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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15 May 2020

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“Flaunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaunt. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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