- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /flɔːnt/
- (some accents) IPA(key): /flɑːnt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /flɔnt/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /flɒnt/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːnt, -ɑːnt
Of North Germanic origin. Perhaps related to Norwegian flanta (“to show off, wander about”), Icelandic flana (“to rush about, act rashly or heedlessly”) and then also to French flâner (“to wander around, loiter”).
Alternatively, it could be related to Swedish flankt (“loosely, flutteringly”) (compare English flaunt-a-flaunt), from flanka (“waver, hang and wave about, ramble”), a nasalised variant of flakka (“to waver”), related to Middle English flacken (“to move to and fro, flutter, palpitate”). See flack.
- flant (obsolete)
- (intransitive, archaic) To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
- (transitive) To parade, display with ostentation.
- She's always flaunting her designer clothes.
- 2017 June 7, Adam Lusher, “Adnan Khashoggi: the 'whoremonger' whose arms deals funded a playboy life of decadence and 'pleasure wives'”, in The Independent, London:
- Never one to miss an opportunity to flaunt his wealth, Khashoggi let his yacht be used for the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again.
- (intransitive, archaic or literary) To show off, as with flashy clothing.
- 1712, John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull:
- You flaunt about the streets in your new gilt chariot.
- 1856, Dinah Craik, John Halifax Chapter VI,
- [T]he younger belles had begun to flaunt in the French fashions of flimsy muslins, shortwaisted— narrow-skirted.
- 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew Chapter XXV,
- […] and Mrs. Wix seemed to flaunt there in her finery.
- Do not confuse with flout.
flaunt (plural flaunts)
- (obsolete) Anything displayed for show.
- c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Should I , in these my borrow'd flaunts, behold
The sternness of his presence?