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