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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
  • Only fancy the Greek vaunting his triumphs or bewailing his defeats in Turkish!'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • The savage looked around him with a vaunting air as he uttered these words.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I persuaded you to hope for Lombardy, and without any vaunting of my own patriotism.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • His vaunting proclamations were headed: In the name of Allah.

  • Well they ken it where little they love it with its vaunting!

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • And I who fought so bravely for the glory And might which now the vaunting tyrants boast!

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • Here their vaunting hopes were destined to meet the first disappointment.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • Val did not know that an American is never so happy as when he is vaunting his womenkind.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • America is relieved of the need of vaunting herself upon it.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • A petit Paris it was called in a vaunting quatrain by some minstrel of yore.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
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
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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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