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>
1 : to display ostentatiously or impudently : parade <flaunting his superiority>
2 : to treat contemptuously <flaunted the rules — Louis Untermeyer>
flauntinglyplay \ˈflȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈflän-\ adverb
flauntyplay \-tē\ adjective
Usage Discussion of flaunt
Although transitive sense 2 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 Bulletin>. 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 1 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.
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
show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <careful not to show his true feelings>. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <manifested musical ability at an early age>. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service>. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <evinced not the slightest fear>. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <demonstrated their approval by loud applause>.
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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