Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To speak boastfully of; brag about.
  • intransitive v. To speak boastfully; brag. See Synonyms at boast1.
  • n. A boastful remark.
  • n. Speech of extravagant self-praise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak boastfully.
  • v. To speak boastfully about.
  • n. A boast; an instance of vaunting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vain display of what one is, or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity; a boast; a brag.
  • n. The first part.
  • intransitive v. To boast; to make a vain display of one's own worth, attainments, decorations, or the like; to talk ostentatiously; to brag.
  • transitive v. To boast of; to make a vain display of; to display with ostentation. In the latter sense, the term usually used is flaunt.
  • transitive v. To put forward; to display.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a vain display of one's own worth, attainments, or powers; talk with vain ostentation: boast; brag.
  • To glory; exult; triumph.
  • To magnify or glorify with vanity; boast of; brag of.
  • To display or put forward boastfully; exhibit vaingloriously.
  • n. A vain display of what one is, or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity; a boast; a brag.
  • n. The first part; the beginning.

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

  • v. show off
  • n. extravagant self-praise

Etymologies

Middle English vaunten, from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vānitāre, to talk frivolously, frequentative of Latin vānāre, from vānus, empty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman vaunter, variant of Old French vanter, from Latin vānus ("vain, boastful"). (Wiktionary)

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  • When a product is described as 'vaunted', is that generally positive or negative? Who does the vaunting? Self-promoters or genuine enthusiasts?

    April 7, 2010