American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly: flaunts his knowledge. See Synonyms at show.
- v. Usage Problem To show contempt for; scorn.
- v. To parade oneself ostentatiously; show oneself off.
- v. To wave grandly: pennants flaunting in the wind.
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.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
- v. transitive To parade, display with ostentation.
- v. intransitive (archaic or literary) To show off with flashy clothing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To throw or spread out; to flutter; to move ostentatiously.
- v. To display ostentatiously; to make an impudent show of.
- n. obsolete Anything displayed for show.
- v. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
- n. the act of displaying something ostentatiously
- 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)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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