verb (used without object)

  1. to parade or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly.
  2. to wave conspicuously in the air.

verb (used with object)

  1. to parade or display ostentatiously: to flaunt one’s wealth.
  2. to ignore or treat with disdain: He was expelled for flaunting military regulations.


  1. the act of flaunting.
  2. Obsolete. something flaunted.


  1. to display (possessions, oneself, etc) ostentatiously; show off
  2. to wave or cause to wave freely; flutter


  1. the act of flaunting

1560s, “to display oneself in flashy clothes,” of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of flout or vaunt. It looks French, but it corresponds to no known French word. Transitive sense is from 1827. Related: Flaunted; flaunting.

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