[vawnt, vahnt]

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 formsvaunt·er, nounvaunt·ing·ly, adverbout·vaunt, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vaunt

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

Examples from the Web for vaunt

Historical Examples of 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.

  • You vaunt that you sit as firm on your throne as this pyramid reposes on its base.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

British Dictionary definitions for vaunt



(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
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

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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