Definition of flaunt in English:


Syllabification: flaunt
Pronunciation: /flônt, flänt


[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
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    • 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.
    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.
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    • 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.


if you've got it, flaunt it

informal One should make a conspicuous and confident show of one’s wealth or attributes rather than be modest about them.
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  • 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.





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  • 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.


mid 16th century: of unknown origin.


Flaunt and flout may sound similar but they have different meanings. Flaunt means ‘display ostentatiously,’ as in tourists who liked to flaunt their wealth , while flout means ‘openly 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 .

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