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vaunt

[ vawnt, vahnt ]
/ vɔnt, vɑnt /
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verb (used with object)

to speak vaingloriously of; boast of: to vaunt one's achievements.

verb (used without object)

to speak boastfully; brag.

noun

a boastful action or utterance.

RELATED WORDS

prate, boast, crow, gasconade, strut, brag, flaunt, display

Nearby words

vault light, vaulted, vaulting, vaulting horse, vaulty, vaunt, vaunt-courier, vaunted, vauntful, vaunting, vauntingly

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 formsvaunt·er, nounvaunt·ing·ly, adverbout·vaunt, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for vaunt

vaunt

/ (vɔːnt) /

verb

(tr) to describe, praise, or display (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully
(intr) rare, or literary to use boastful language; brag

noun

a boast
archaic ostentatious display
Derived Formsvaunter, noun

Word Origin for vaunt

C14: from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vānitāre to brag, from Latin vānus vain
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Word Origin and History for vaunt

vaunt


v.

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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