- to speak vaingloriously of; boast of: to vaunt one's achievements.
- to speak boastfully; brag.
- a boastful action or utterance.
Origin of vaunt
Examples from the Web for vaunt
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.
Thus did he vaunt, but darkness closed the eyes of the other.
They put forth their hypothesis as a provisional one, and they vaunt its convenience.The Mind and the Brain
You vaunt that you sit as firm on your throne as this pyramid reposes on its base.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
- (tr) to describe, praise, or display (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully
- (intr) rare, or literary to use boastful language; brag
- a boast
- archaic ostentatious display
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.