- Flaunt is defined as to go out of your way to display something, such as your wealth or your body, in a manner that is generally considered offensive, inappropriate or gaudy.
- 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.
A peacock flaunts his feathers.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to make a gaudy, ostentatious, conspicuous, impudent, or defiant display
- to flutter or wave freely
Origin: 15th and amp; 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
- flout: usage objected to by many
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verb flaunt·ed, flaunt·ing, flaunts verb, transitive
- To exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly: flaunts his knowledge. See Synonyms at show.
- Usage Problem To show contempt for; scorn.
- To parade oneself ostentatiously; show oneself off.
- To wave grandly: pennants flaunting in the wind.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- flauntˈer noun
- flauntˈing·ly adverb