- 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.
- to make a gaudy, ostentatious, conspicuous, impudent, or defiant display
- to flutter or wave freely
Origin of flaunt15th 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
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.
(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.