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v. flaunt·ed, flaunt·ing, flaunts
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.
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.
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Her skirt was shorter and fuller; her bodice longer and lower; her hat more flaring and more gaudily trimmed; her handkerchief more ample and more flauntingly carried; her corkscrew curls thinner, longer, and stiffer, but her gait and swing were studied imitations of her lord and master, and she tripped by the side of her beau ideal with an air which plainly said, 'I know no fear and ask no favor.
no unbiased person could rank them for a moment with those by whose side they are flauntingly displayed.
In 1959, flauntingly gay Breakfast At Tiffany's writer Capote (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) spotted a news item about the apparently motiveless shooting of a Kansas family and decided it might make a good article about how the murders had affected the local community.