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flaunt

Syllabification: flaunt
Pronunciation: /flônt
 
, flänt
 
/

Definition of flaunt in English:

verb

[with object]
1Display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance: newly rich consumers eager to flaunt their prosperity
More example sentences
  • We are eager to flaunt every new gadget we buy but are yet to learn the basic rules to be followed while using it.
  • It is not just about owning the painting and flaunting it but more about displaying it with style and the right interiors.
  • Smart lads, they hadn't flaunted the loot, bragged about the heist, or written a rap song memorializing the event.
Synonyms
show off, display ostentatiously, make a (great) show of, put on show/display, parade;
brag about, crow about, vaunt
informal flash
1.1 (flaunt oneself) Dress or behave in a sexually provocative way.
Example sentences
  • You don't dress provocatively, and you don't go around flaunting yourself.
  • British youths themselves force as much booze as possible down their throats, while flaunting themselves shamelessly in a bid to grab the most attention from the opposite sex.
  • And if they are flaunting themselves, it also speaks of their new-found confidence.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

More
  • flout from (mid 16th century):

    Flout, which appeared in the 16th century and means ‘to openly disregard a rule or convention’, may come from a Dutch word fluiten meaning ‘whistle, play the flute, hiss derisively’. There is a German dialect expression pfeifen auf, literally ‘pipe at’, which is used in a similar way. Flout is often confused with flaunt (mid 16th century), ‘to display something ostentatiously’, but there is no connection—the origin of flaunt is unknown.

Usage

Flaunt and flout may sound similar but they have different meanings. Flaunt meansdisplay ostentatiously,’ as in tourists who liked to flaunt their wealth, while flout meansopenly disregard (a rule or convention),’ as in new recruits growing their hair and flouting convention. It is a common error, recorded since around the 1940s, to use flaunt when flout is intended, as in the young woman had been flaunting the rules and regulations.

Phrases

if you've got it, flaunt it

1
informal One should make a conspicuous and confident show of one’s wealth or attributes rather than be modest about them.
Example sentences
  • By the 1990s, Girl Power - a term invented by the Spice Girls - had come to mean ‘If you've got it, flaunt it!’.
  • Hair - if you've got it, flaunt it! Big hair is in.
  • Rather than hiding refrigerators and dishwashers behind fitted panelling, many fashion-conscious consumers are now taking an ‘if you've got it, flaunt it’ approach with their kitchen appliances, making them a feature in themselves.

Derivatives

flaunter

1
noun

flaunty

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • The neck line was cut in a jagged, low V that would show the faintest shadows of my cleavage to anyone took the time to look, but it wasn't flaunty.
  • For once she wasn't wearing any tight pants or flaunty shirts.

Words that rhyme with flaunt

avaunt, daunt, gaunt, haunt, jaunt, taunt, vaunt

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