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1 Display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance:‘newly rich consumers eager to flaunt their prosperity’
show off, display ostentatiously, draw attention to, make a show of, make a great show of, put on show, put on display, parade, exhibitflourish, brandish, wave, dangleexult in, brag about, crow about, vauntflashView synonyms
- ‘It's open late, it flaunts its exclusivity and it gets regular plugs in the gay press (so it's a club).’
- ‘Even though every magazine and ad flaunts naked bodies, the film industry is oddly intimidated by bodies - in motion, or still.’
- ‘Thus today one flaunts a G-string as if it were a Victoria Cross.’
- ‘They are big brash symbols of conspicuous consumption, a way for flash men and women with a lot of cash to flaunt their wealth.’
- ‘Government after government flaunts its green credentials while the countryside is becoming so poisoned that whole species of wildlife are vanishing.’
- ‘It flaunts its disdain for democracy and gets away with it.’
- ‘Photographer Colin Jones flaunts a life story that is a picture in itself.’
- ‘We are eager to flaunt every new gadget we buy but are yet to learn the basic rules to be followed while using it.’
- ‘She not only openly flaunts her unearned wealth, but also uses her assets to seize eyeballs from her less fortunate sisters.’
- ‘Ruppert claims to represent neither right nor left and flaunts his background as a police detective to refute accusations that he gets a bit carried away in his conclusions.’
- ‘Smart lads, they hadn't flaunted the loot, bragged about the heist, or written a rap song memorializing the event.’
- ‘It flaunts its power to bar people from flights.’
- ‘In all the shoots, she flaunts designer wear, including jewellery and fabulous clothes.’
- ‘To round off the festivities, there were models flaunting designer wears during the fashion parade.’
- ‘In its sentiments Pouncey's novel flaunts psychotherapy as a fashionable accessory, the sharing of confidences (already grasped before they are spelt out) over the tinkle of fine teacups.’
- ‘It is not just about owning the painting and flaunting it but more about displaying it with style and the right interiors.’
- ‘Sure, she had been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she didn't brag about it or flaunt her money.’
- ‘What most people seem to be missing, however, is that he's still not much more than a glorified landlord who crassly flaunts his wealth in front of the unwashed American underclasses.’
- ‘He flaunts his riches like everyone in the business.’
- ‘Yet what is clear from the very first page is that here is a writer of high intelligence (always much brighter than even her sharpest characters though she never flaunts it), who is exercising restraint.’
- 1.1flaunt oneself Dress or behave in a sexually provocative way.
- ‘From the opening scene through the end of the episode, she flaunts herself.’
- ‘And if they are flaunting themselves, it also speaks of their new-found confidence.’
- ‘It was funny, most girls he knew were out, flaunting themselves, baring every bit of flesh that they could get away with, without getting arrested.’
- ‘They also had concerns that modelling their own fashions in the shop window may be frowned upon as them flaunting themselves.’
- ‘Girls are always flaunting themselves at me and flirting.’
- ‘It wasn't right of me to say you were flaunting yourself.’
- ‘I couldn't help but wonder why the other day all those females were flaunting themselves at him despite his attitude towards them.’
- ‘You don't dress provocatively, and you don't go around flaunting yourself.’
- ‘Hookers stood on most corners, flaunting themselves to any who passed by.’
- ‘British youths themselves force as much booze as possible down their throats, while flaunting themselves shamelessly in a bid to grab the most attention from the opposite sex.’
Flaunt and flout may sound similar but they have different meanings. Flaunt means ‘display ostentatiously’, as in visitors who liked to flaunt their wealth, while flout means ‘openly disregard a rule or convention’, as in new recruits growing their hair and flouting convention. It is a common error, recorded since around the 1940s, to use flaunt when flout is intended, as in the young woman had been flaunting the rules and regulations. In the Oxford English Corpus the second and third commonest objects of flaunt, after wealth, are law and rules
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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