Definition of flaunt in English:

flaunt

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Pronunciation: /flɔːnt
 
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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
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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.
    Synonyms
    show off, display ostentatiously, draw attention to, make a (great) show of, put on show, put on display, parade, exhibit; flourish, brandish, wave, dangle; exult in, 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.

Derivatives

flaunter

noun

flaunty

adjective
More 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Usage

Flaunt and flout may sound similar but they have different meanings. Flaunt means ‘display ostentatiously’, as in visitors 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 . In the Oxford English Corpus the second and third commonest objects of flaunt, after wealth, are law and rules.

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