EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective having a boastfully proud disposition: a vaunting dictator. marked by boastful pride: a vaunting air of superiority. Origin of vaunting
First recorded in
-ing 2 Related forms self-vaunt·ing, adjective 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. Origin of vaunt 1350–1400; Middle English vaunten
Middle French vanter
to boast <
Late Latin vānitāre,
Latin vānus vain
vanity Related forms vaunt·er, noun vaunt·ing·ly, adverb out·vaunt, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for vaunting Historical Examples of vaunting
Only fancy the Greek
vaunting his triumphs or bewailing his defeats in Turkish!'
The savage looked around him with a
vaunting air as he uttered these words.
I persuaded you to hope for Lombardy, and without any
vaunting of my own patriotism.
vaunting proclamations were headed: In the name of Allah.
Well they ken it where little they love it with its
vaunting! British Dictionary definitions for vaunting 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 Forms vaunter, 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 vaunting 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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