flaunt

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

flaunt (third-person singular simple present flaunts, present participle flaunting, simple past and past participle flaunted)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To wave or flutter smartly in the wind.
  2. (transitive) To parade, display with ostentation.
    She's always flaunting her designer clothes.
  3. (intransitive, archaic or literary) To show off, as with flashy clothing.
    • Arbuthnot
      You flaunt about the streets in your new gilt chariot.
    • Alexander Pope
      One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade.
    • 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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Do not confuse with flout.

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