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flaunt

 (flônt)
v. flaunt·ed, flaunt·ing, flaunts
v.tr.
1. To exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly: flaunts his trendy clothes; flaunts his knowledge about music. See Synonyms at show.
2. Usage Problem To ignore or disregard (a rule, for example) openly or scornfully.
v.intr.
1. To show oneself off or move in an ostentatious way: "A tortoiseshell butterfly flaunted across the window" (Virginia Woolf).
2. To wave grandly: pennants flaunting in the wind.

[Origin unknown.]

flaunt′er n.
flaunt′ing·ly adv.
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.

flaunt

(flɔːnt)
vb
1. to display (possessions, oneself, etc) ostentatiously; show off
2. to wave or cause to wave freely; flutter
n
the act of flaunting
[C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect flanta to wander about]
ˈflaunter n
ˈflauntingly adv
Usage: Flaunt is sometimes wrongly used where flout is meant: they must be prevented from flouting (not flaunting) the law

flaunt

(flɔnt)

v.t.
1. to parade or display ostentatiously.
2. to ignore or treat with disdain; flout: expelled for flaunting regulations.
v.i.
3. to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly.
4. to wave conspicuously in the air.
[1560–70; of obscure orig.; compare Norwegian dial. flanta to show off]
flaunt′er, n.
flaunt′ing•ly, adv.
usage: Usage guides object strongly to flaunt in the sense “to ignore or treat with disdain,” advising that the proper word for this meaning is flout. Though this use of flaunt has appeared in the speech and edited writing of well-educated, literate people, many speakers and writers avoid it.
flout, flaunt - Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off."
See also related terms for ignore.

flaunt


Past participle: flaunted
Gerund: flaunting

Imperative
flaunt
flaunt
Present
I flaunt
you flaunt
he/she/it flaunts
we flaunt
you flaunt
they flaunt
Preterite
I flaunted
you flaunted
he/she/it flaunted
we flaunted
you flaunted
they flaunted
Present Continuous
I am flaunting
you are flaunting
he/she/it is flaunting
we are flaunting
you are flaunting
they are flaunting
Present Perfect
I have flaunted
you have flaunted
he/she/it has flaunted
we have flaunted
you have flaunted
they have flaunted
Past Continuous
I was flaunting
you were flaunting
he/she/it was flaunting
we were flaunting
you were flaunting
they were flaunting
Past Perfect
I had flaunted
you had flaunted
he/she/it had flaunted
we had flaunted
you had flaunted
they had flaunted
Future
I will flaunt
you will flaunt
he/she/it will flaunt
we will flaunt
you will flaunt
they will flaunt
Future Perfect
I will have flaunted
you will have flaunted
he/she/it will have flaunted
we will have flaunted
you will have flaunted
they will have flaunted
Future Continuous
I will be flaunting
you will be flaunting
he/she/it will be flaunting
we will be flaunting
you will be flaunting
they will be flaunting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flaunting
you have been flaunting
he/she/it has been flaunting
we have been flaunting
you have been flaunting
they have been flaunting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flaunting
you will have been flaunting
he/she/it will have been flaunting
we will have been flaunting
you will have been flaunting
they will have been flaunting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flaunting
you had been flaunting
he/she/it had been flaunting
we had been flaunting
you had been flaunting
they had been flaunting
Conditional
I would flaunt
you would flaunt
he/she/it would flaunt
we would flaunt
you would flaunt
they would flaunt
Past Conditional
I would have flaunted
you would have flaunted
he/she/it would have flaunted
we would have flaunted
you would have flaunted
they would have flaunted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flaunt - the act of displaying something ostentatiously; "his behavior was an outrageous flaunt"
display - exhibiting openly in public view; "a display of courage"
Verb1.flaunt - display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car"
display, exhibit, expose - to show, make visible or apparent; "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"
flex - exhibit the strength of; "The victorious army flexes its invincibility"
splurge - be showy or ostentatious

flaunt

verb show off, display, boast, parade, exhibit, flourish, brandish, vaunt, showboat, make a (great) show of, sport (informal), disport, make an exhibition of, flash about openly flaunting their wealth
Usage: Flaunt is sometimes wrongly used where flout is meant: they must be prevented from flouting (not flaunting) the law.

flaunt

verb
To make a public and usually ostentatious show of:
Translations
يَتَباهى، يـظاهرُ متفاخِرا
chlubit seokázale předvádět
skilte med
flagga; sÿna sig
puikuotis
dižotiesplātīties
pýšiť sa

flaunt

[flɔːnt] VT (pej) [+ wealth, knowledge] → alardear de, hacer alarde de
to flaunt o.spavonearse

flaunt

[ˈflɔːnt] vtfaire étalage de

flaunt

vt wealth, knowledgezur Schau stellen, protzen mit; she flaunted her body in front of himsie stellte ihren Körper vor ihm zur Schau; he flaunted his freedom before herer prahlte vor ihr mit seiner Freiheit; to flaunt oneselfsich groß in Szene setzen

flaunt

[flɔːnt] vt (pej) → sfoggiare, ostentare

flaunt

(floːnt) verb
to show off in order to attract attention to oneself. She flaunted her expensive clothes.
References in classic literature ?
Whereat, it was noticed that many ladies in the Queen's booths boldly flaunted Allan's colors, much to the honest pride which glowed in the cheeks of one who sat in their midst.
Sickly yellow lights went to and fro in the houses, and some of the passing cabs flaunted unextinguished lamps.
It flaunted to and fro with the swell and reflux of the waves, and looked as bright and beautiful as if its leaves were gold.
Wild vines entangled the trees and flaunted in their faces; brambles and briers caught their clothes as they passed; the garter snake glided across their path; the spotted toad hopped and waddled before them; and the restless catbird mewed at them from every thicket.
There was a thud below him as the baffled cat fell back to earth, and then Tarzan of the Apes, drawing his dinner farther up to the safety of a higher limb, looked down with grinning face into the gleaming yellow eyes of the other wild beast that glared up at him from beneath, and with taunting insults flaunted the tender carcass of his kill in the face of him whom he had cheated of it.
Ruby had always been beautiful; but her beauty had been of the earth, earthy; it had had a certain insolent quality in it, as if it flaunted itself in the beholder's eye; spirit had never shone through it, intellect had never refined it.
Pale-golden and vermilion orchids flaunted their unhealthy blossoms in the golden, dripping sunshine that filtered through the matted roof.
The blood surged into his face, wave upon wave, mastering the bronze of it till the blush of shame flaunted itself from collar-rim to the roots of his hair.
Hence the Italian Renaissance is commonly called Pagan, and hence when young English nobles began to travel to Italy to drink at the fountain head of the new inspiration moralists at home protested with much reason against the ideas and habits which many of them brought back with their new clothes and flaunted as evidences of intellectual emancipation.
For the following paragraph, which should have inaugurated the narrative, is too wildly extravagant and preposterous to be flaunted in the face of the reader without preparation.
His shirt collars were higher; his face was redder; his shirt-frill flaunted gorgeously out of his variegated waistcoat.
The banners were very well painted, and flaunted down the street famously.