\ 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



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


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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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 injuries were an early test for Denver’s vaunted depth. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets get one starter back, suffer injuries to two others in win over Heat," 5 Nov. 2019 Children know more about right and wrong than sheriff Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is the most recent Alabama public official to turn against the state’s vaunted ethics law. John Archibald |, al, "Children know what this sheriff doesn’t," 25 Oct. 2019 Winston and Joshua Langford remain from Izzo’s vaunted 2016 recruiting class that included Miles Bridges and Nick Ward. Chris Solari, USA TODAY, "Back for senior season, Cassius Winston aims to lead No. 1 Michigan State to national title," 24 Oct. 2019 Now there’s a fantasy to brighten the day of every Bears fan increasingly frustrated with Mitch Trubisky and a go-nowhere offense that’s wearing out the Bears’ vaunted defense as well as everyone’s patience. Phil Rosenthal,, "Column: Tom Brady to the Bears? An impossible dream or just what downbeat Chicago fans need?," 22 Oct. 2019 Dud: CenturyLink Field What has happened to the Seahawks’ vaunted home-field advantage? oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks lose to the Baltimore Ravens: 10 studs and duds," 21 Oct. 2019 The Knights’ defensive line bottled up Prep’s vaunted running game for most of the contest thanks to another surprising addition., "Catholic Memorial not afraid to use quarterback quartet to get the job done - The Boston Globe," 14 Oct. 2019 When given time, Burrow picked apart the Gators’ vaunted secondary, finishing 21-of-24 for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators’ defense expects to rebound from humbling night at LSU," 13 Oct. 2019 The Dodgers’ game plan in this series was to wait out the Nationals’ vaunted starting pitchers and exploit their dismal bullpen. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: That didn’t go well at all," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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,, "Paris Insists Battle for Brexit Jobs Isn't Over as Dimon Visits," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of vaunt


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vaunt


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


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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“Vaunt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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