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show off; display ostentatiously: She flaunted the large diamond in her engagement ring.
Not to be confused with:
flout – show contempt for; scoff at: He flouted convention by wearing shorts to the black tie affair.
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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.
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. to display (possessions, oneself, etc) ostentatiously; show off
2. to wave or cause to wave freely; flutter
the act of flaunting
[C16: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect flanta to wander about]
Usage: Flaunt is sometimes wrongly used where flout is meant: they must be prevented from flouting (not flaunting) the law
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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.
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See also related terms for ignore.
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Past participle: flaunted
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|Noun||1.||flaunt - the act of displaying something ostentatiously; "his behavior was an outrageous flaunt"|
display - exhibiting openly in public view; "a display of courage"
|Verb||1.||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
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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يَتَباهى، يـظاهرُ متفاخِرا
chlubit seokázale předvádět
flagga; sÿna sig
flaunt[flɔːnt] VT (pej) [+ wealth, knowledge] → alardear de, hacer alarde de
to flaunt o.s → pavonearse
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
flaunt[ˈflɔːnt] vt → faire étalage de
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to show off in order to attract attention to oneself. She flaunted her expensive clothes. vertoon; pronk يَتَباهى، يـظاهرُ متفاخِرا парадирам (с) exibir chlubit se (čím), okázale předvádět prunken prale af; skilte med επιδεικνύωostentar, hacer alarde de (millegagi) uhkeldama به رخ کشیدن pröystäillä faire étalage de לְהָראוֹת בְּגַאֲווָה दिखावा razmetati se, šepiriti se fitogtat memamerkan flagga; sÿna sig ostentare 見せびらかす 과시하다 puikuotis dižoties; plātīties menunjuk-nunjuk pronken met sprade, spankulere, vifte med paradować w, obnosić się z نخرې كول، ځان ښوول ځان ستايل، ځان پورته پورته كول exibir a etala щеголять pýšiť sa napihovati se razmetati se briljera (stoltsera) med โอ้อวด gösteriş yapmak 誇耀，炫耀 виставляти напоказ, хизуватися خودنمائی کرنا sự khoe khoang; sự phô trương 夸耀，炫耀
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