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[vawn-ting, vahn-] /ˈvɔn tɪŋ, ˈvɑn-/
having a boastfully proud disposition:
a vaunting dictator.
marked by boastful pride:
a vaunting air of superiority.
Origin of vaunting
First recorded in 1580-90; vaunt + -ing2
Related forms
self-vaunting, adjective


[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.
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 vaunting
Historical Examples
  • Would to God, Richard, or any of his vaunting minions of England, would appear in these lists!

    Ivanhoe Walter Scott
  • The savage looked around him with a vaunting air as he uttered these words.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Whilst his friend was vaunting his courage, Harry looked, to say the truth, by no means courageous.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And I who fought so bravely for the glory And might which now the vaunting tyrants boast!

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • It was not for him to go out of his way to champion the cause either of cruel Assyria or vaunting Babylon.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • America is relieved of the need of vaunting herself upon it.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Val did not know that an American is never so happy as when he is vaunting his womenkind.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • That our bravery is of the vaunting kind that telleth of itself?

  • Here their vaunting hopes were destined to meet with the first disappointment.

  • She does not need to pose, for she knows her own power without ever vaunting it.

    The Reconstructed School Francis B. Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for vaunting


(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 vaunting



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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