vaunt

verb
\ ˈvȯnt How to pronounce vaunt (audio) , ˈvänt\
vaunted; vaunting; vaunts

Definition of vaunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a vain display of one's own worth or attainments : brag

transitive verb

: to call attention to pridefully and often boastfully people who vaunt their ingenuity

vaunt

noun

Definition of vaunt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a vainglorious display of what one is or has or has done
2 : a bragging assertive statement

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Other Words from vaunt

Verb

vaunter noun
vauntingly \ ˈvȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce vauntingly (audio) , ˈvän-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for vaunt

Synonyms: Verb

blow, boast, brag, bull [slang], crow, gasconade, swagger, vapor

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Verb

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration boasts of every trivial success , but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride. the town boasts one of the best museums in the area brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself. bragging of their exploits vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag. vaunted his country's military might crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging. crowed after winning the championship

Examples of vaunt in a Sentence

Verb

even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The injury to Young will immediately test the Ravens’ vaunted secondary depth. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 26-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers," 16 Aug. 2019 Or what about the Northeast’s vaunted Gateway Program? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Patriotic Billionaires," 26 June 2019 Weaknesses: Stanford’s vaunted ground game disappeared last season, with the team averaging a little more than 100 rushing yards per game. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 28 Stanford counting on young roster to make Pac-12 title push," 29 July 2019 Despite the European Union’s vaunted welfare state, the middle class has shrunk in more than two-thirds of the countries there. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 But what happened in the first few minutes, an injury that could knock the Dodgers’ vaunted starting rotation off its equilibrium, resonated the loudest. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers beat the Giants but lose Rich Hill early in the game," 19 June 2019 Another opponent, Jeb Bush, has been more muted, but the former governor’s vaunted donor base has shifted to the president. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Focuses Campaign Hopes on Florida," 17 June 2019 For those who flock to the School of Supernatural Ministry, proximity to Bethel’s vaunted spiritual leaders, Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton, and the promise of direct access to the supernatural are a powerful draw. Vanessa Rancano, The Mercury News, "How Redding became an unlikely epicenter of modern Christian culture," 19 June 2019 Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Hamilton had vaunted him to untouchable popularity. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019

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Perhaps the Huskers’ new hire can have a similar effect and vaunt Nebraska back into his top group. Chris Bumbaca, ajc, "Nebraska recruiting: Isaah Crocker gives update on Huskers, targets get home visits from other schools," 1 Dec. 2017 French bank lobby vaunts Macron reforms in annual conference Prime Minister Philippe offers tax cuts to woo London bankers France’s financial lobby insists the battle for post-Brexit banking jobs isn’t over. Fabio Benedetti Valentini, Bloomberg.com, "Paris Insists Battle for Brexit Jobs Isn't Over as Dimon Visits," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of vaunt

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaunt

Verb

Middle English vaunten "to speak vainly, boast," borrowed from Anglo-French vanter, vaunter, going back to Late Latin vānitāre (only in participial forms vānitantēs, vānitantia), frequentative derivative of *vānāre "to make a vain display," derivative of Latin vānus "lacking content, empty, illusory, marked by foolish or empty pride" — more at wane entry 1

Noun

Middle English, probably aphetic form of avaunt "boast," noun derivative of avaunten "to boast, brag," borrowed from Anglo-French avanter "to boast about," from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad-) + vanter "to boast" — more at ad-, vaunt entry 1

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