from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly: flaunts his knowledge. See Synonyms at show.
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To show contempt for; scorn.
  • intransitive v. To parade oneself ostentatiously; show oneself off.
  • intransitive v. To wave grandly: pennants flaunting in the wind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
  • v. To parade, display with ostentation.
  • v. (archaic or literary) To show off with flashy clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything displayed for show.
  • intransitive v. To throw or spread out; to flutter; to move ostentatiously.
  • transitive v. To display ostentatiously; to make an impudent show of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
  • To make a smart show in apparel or equipment of any kind; make an ostentatious or brazen display; move or act ostentatiously or brazenly; be glaring or gaudy: sometimes with an indefinite it: as, a flaunting show.
  • To display ostentatiously, impudently, or offensively: as, to flaunt rich apparel.
  • n. The act of flaunting.
  • n. Anything displayed for show; finery.
  • n. A boast; a vaunt; a brag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
  • n. the act of displaying something ostentatiously


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of North Germanic origin, related to Norwegian flanta ("to show off, wander about"), Icelandic flana ("to rush about, act rashly or heedlessly"); or perhaps related to Swedish flankt ("loosely, flutteringly"; compare English flaunt-a-flaunt), from Swedish flanka ("waver, hang and wave about, ramble"), a nasalised variant of Swedish flakka ("to waver"), related to Middle English flacken ("to move to and fro, flutter, palpitate"), see flack. (Wiktionary)


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