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[vawnt, vahnt] /vɔnt, vɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to speak vaingloriously of; boast of:
to vaunt one's achievements.
verb (used without object)
to speak boastfully; brag.
a boastful action or utterance.
Origin of vaunt
1350-1400; Middle English vaunten < Middle French vanter to boast < Late Latin vānitāre, frequentative of *vānāre, derivative of Latin vānus vain. See vanity
Related forms
vaunter, noun
vauntingly, adverb
outvaunt, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vaunt
Historical Examples
  • He has answered me back, vaunt for vaunt, rhetoric for rhetoric.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Thus did he vaunt, and the Argives were stung by his saying.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Thus did he vaunt, but darkness closed the eyes of the other.

    The Iliad Homer
  • They put forth their hypothesis as a provisional one, and they vaunt its convenience.

    The Mind and the Brain

    Alfred Binet
  • You vaunt that you sit as firm on your throne as this pyramid reposes on its base.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • All this I mention not by way of vaunt, but to show how much can be accomplished, when the mind is easy.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • First came the "vaunt chase," and then the "midel," and then the "parfytieres."

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • Mankind vaunt their love of truth, but they are not to be trusted.

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • Nor did Agricola ever vaunt his exploits to blazon his own fame.

  • He had ceased to shout his amorous songs, and vaunt his lustful triumphs.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
British Dictionary definitions for vaunt


(transitive) to describe, praise, or display (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully
(intransitive) (rare or literary) to use boastful language; brag
a boast
(archaic) ostentatious display
Derived Forms
vaunter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vānitāre to brag, from Latin vānusvain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vaunt

c.1400, "speak vainly or proudly," from Middle French vanter "to praise, speak highly of," from Late Latin vanitare "to boast," frequentative of Latin vanare "to utter empty words," from vanus "idle, empty" (see vain). Related: Vaunted; vaunting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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