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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 vauntingly
Historical Examples
  • This, I set down not vauntingly, but fully realizing what I owe to Heaven.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • She did not say this so vauntingly as she had made the assertion at first.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • It ended the discussion which the South so vauntingly provoked.

  • vauntingly Farmer Perkins told how he had haltered the vicious colt.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • The two men gazed thoughtfully into the little flame which vauntingly struggled to rear itself in the dense atmosphere.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • You will never find me less so when you vauntingly exhibit such mournful blemishes of character.

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • I guess he was afraid of the licking he knew hed get from me, said Grant, vauntingly; so I dont think hes told anything like that.

British Dictionary definitions for vauntingly


(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 vauntingly



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.

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