AskDefine | Define vaunt

Dictionary Definition

vaunt n : extravagant self-praise v : show off [syn: boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, gasconade]

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English

Etymology

From vanter from vanus.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /vɔːnt/, /vO:nt/
  • a US /vɑːnt/|/vɔːnt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːnt

Verb

  1. To speak boastfully.
    • 1829 — Washington Irving, Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada, chapter XC
      ''"The number," said he, "is great, but what can be expected from mere citizen soldiers? They vaunt and menace in time of safety; none are so arrogant when the enemy is at a distance; but when the din of war thunders at the gates they hide themselves in terror."''

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Noun

  1. A boast; an instance of vaunting.

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