Origin of vauntMiddle English vaunten from Old French vanter from Ecclesiastical Late Latin vanitare from Classical Latin vanus, vain
- Vaunt is defined as a boast.
An example of a vaunt is someone sharing with their friends that their pie won first prize at the county fair.
- The definition of vaunt is to brag.
An example of vaunt is someone telling all their friends about the giant raise they just received at work.
verbvaunt·ed, vaunt·ing, vaunts
- A boastful remark.
- Speech of extravagant self-praise.
Origin of vauntMiddle English vaunten from Old French vanter from Late Latin vānitāre to talk frivolously frequentative of Latin vānāre from vānus empty ; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vaunts, present participle vaunting, simple past and past participle vaunted)
- A boast; an instance of vaunting.
- (obsolete) The first part.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- If he said so, he was speaking of the Ptolemaic cosmogony as known to him through the Arabs, and his vaunt was a humorous proof of his scientific instinct.
- The Afghans vaunt the salubrity and charm of some local climates, as of the Toba hills above the Kakar country, and of some of the high valleys of the Safed Koh.