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From Old French avanteur or avantour.


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avauntour (plural avauntours)

  1. (obsolete) One who avaunts or boasts.
    • c. 1380s, [Geoffrey Chaucer; William Caxton, editor], The Double Sorow of Troylus to Telle Kyng Pryamus Sone of Troye [...] [Troilus and Criseyde], [Westminster]: Explicit per Caxton, published 1482, OCLC 863541017; republished as William Thynne, editor, The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed, with Diuers Addicions, which were Neuer in Printe before: With the Siege and Destruccion of the Worthy Citee of Thebes, Compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the Table More Plainly Dooeth Appere, book III, London: Imprinted at London, by Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellying in Poules Churchyarde, 1561, OCLC 932919585, folio CLXVIII, recto, lines 309–315, column 1:
      Auauntour and a lier, all is one / As thus. I poſe a woman graunt me / Her loue, and ſaieth that other woll ſhe none / And I am ſworne to holden it ſecre / And after I tell it two or thre / I wis I am avauntour at the leaſt / And lier eke, for I breake my beheſt.