A peacock flaunts his feathers.
- An example of flaunt is when you buy lots and lots of obviously expensive cars and houses just to show off how much money you have.
- An example of flaunt is when you wear really short, tight clothing to show off your body.
- to make a gaudy, ostentatious, conspicuous, impudent, or defiant display
- to flutter or wave freely
Origin of flaunt15th and 16th circa , probably from dialect, dialectal flant, to strut coquettishly, akin to Norwegian flanta from Old Norse flana, run back and forth from Indo-European an unverified form plano- from base an unverified form pla-, broad, flat, spread out from source Classical Greek planos, wandering
- to show off proudly, defiantly, or impudently: to flaunt one's guilt
Origin of flauntthrough confusion in form and meaning flout: usage objected to by many
verbflaunt·ed, flaunt·ing, flaunts
- To exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly: flaunts his trendy clothes; flaunts his knowledge about music. See Synonyms at show.
- Usage Problem To ignore or disregard (a rule, for example) openly or scornfully.
- To show oneself off or move in an ostentatious way: “A tortoiseshell butterfly flaunted across the window” ( Virginia Woolf )
- To wave grandly: pennants flaunting in the wind.
Origin of flauntOrigin unknown
Usage Note: Flaunt as a transitive verb means “to exhibit ostentatiously”: She flaunted her wealth. To flout is “to show contempt for something by disregarding it”: Some people at the reception flouted convention by wearing sneakers. For some time now flaunt has been used in the sense “to show contempt for,” even by educated users of English. But this usage is still widely seen as erroneous. In our 2009 survey, 73 percent of the Usage Panel rejected it in the sentence This is just another example of an executive flaunting the rules for personal gain.
(third-person singular simple present flaunts, present participle flaunting, simple past and past participle flaunted)
- Do not confuse with flout.
Of North Germanic origin, related to Norwegian flanta (“to show off, wander about”), Icelandic flana (“to rush about, act rashly or heedlessly”); or perhaps related to Swedish flankt ("loosely, flutteringly"; compare English flaunt-a-flaunt), from Swedish flanka (“waver, hang and wave about, ramble”), a nasalised variant of Swedish flakka (“to waver”), related to Middle English flacken (“to move to and fro, flutter, palpitate”), see flack.