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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 ?
The black, rich soil had fed itself with the decay of a long period of time; such as fallen leaves, the petals of flowers, and the stalks and seed--vessels of vagrant and lawless plants, more useful after their death than ever while flaunting in the sun.
In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox's tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
He was much over-dressed, in a gaudy vest of many colors, a blue neckerchief, bedropped gayly with yellow spots, and arranged with a flaunting tie, quite in keeping with the general air of the man.
Presently there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
Magdalen's disguised re-appearance at the end of the act, in the character of "Lucy" -- with false hair and false eyebrows, with a bright-red complexion and patches on her cheeks, with the gayest colors flaunting in her dress, and the shrillest vivacity of voice and manner -- fairly staggered the audience.
While he did this, the woman who had already spoken threw her bundle on the floor, and sat down in a flaunting manner on a stool; crossing her elbows on her knees, and looking with a bold defiance at the other two.
She was lightly dressed; looked bold, and haggard, and flaunting, and poor; but seemed, for the time, to have given all that to the wind which was blowing, and to have nothing in her mind but going after them.
It really was a very brilliant spectacle, especially as there were numerous banners flaunting over the cavalcade, on some of which were gorgeous portraits of the illustrious statesman and the Great Stone Face, smiling familiarly at one another, like two brothers.
They came prancing along in gallant style, with many wild and dexterous evolutions, for none can surpass them in horsemanship; and their bright colors, and flaunting and fantastic embellishments, glaring and sparkling in the morning sunshine, gave them really a striking appearance.
The very rose-trees at which Adam stopped to pluck one looked as if they grew wild; they were all huddled together in bushy masses, now flaunting with wide-open petals, almost all of them of the streaked pink-and- white kind, which doubtless dated from the union of the houses of York and Lancaster.
In a little while it emerged from behind a hill, and had a wild and picturesque appearance as it came moving over the summit in measured step, and to the cadence of songs and savage instruments; the warlike standards and trophies flaunting aloft, and the feathers, and paint, and silver ornaments of the warriors glaring and glittering in the sunshine.
Why do that pair of flaunting girls, with the pert, affected laugh and the sly leer at the by-standers, intrude themselves into the same rank with yonder decorous matron, and that somewhat prudish maiden?