Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Vaunt

Vaunt

(vänt or va̤nt; 277)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Vaunted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Vaunting
.]
[F.
vanter
, LL.
vanitare
, fr. L.
vanus
vain. See
Vain
.]
To boast; to make a vain display of one’s own worth, attainments, decorations, or the like; to talk ostentatiously; to brag.
Pride, which prompts a man to
vaunt
and overvalue what he is, does incline him to disvalue what he has.
Gov. of Tongue.

Vaunt

,
Verb.
T.
To boast of; to make a vain display of; to display with ostentation. In the latter sense, the term usually used is
flaunt
.
Charity
vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up.
1 Cor. xiii. 4.
My vanquisher, spoiled of his
vaunted
spoil.
Milton.

Vaunt

,
Noun.
A vain display of what one is, or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity; a boast; a brag.
The spirits beneath, whom I seduced
With other promises and other
vaunts
.
Milton.

Vaunt

,
Noun.
[F.
avant
before, fore. See
Avant
,
Vanguard
.]
The first part.
[Obs.]
Shak.

Vaunt

,
Verb.
T.
[See
Avant
,
Advance
.]
To put forward; to display.
[Obs.]
Vaunted spear.”
Spenser.
And what so else his person most may
vaunt
.
Spenser.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vaunt

V'AUNT

,
Verb.
I.
[L. vanus. This ought to be written vant.]
To boast; to make a vain display of one's own worth, attainments or decorations; to talk with vain ostentation; to brag.
Pride - prompts a man to vaunt and overvalue what he is.

V'AUNT

,
Verb.
T.
To boast of; to make a vain display of.
My vanquisher, spoil'd of his vaunted spoil.
Charity vaunteth not itself. 1Cor. 13.

V'AUNT

,
Noun.
Boast; a vain display of what one is or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity.
Him I seduc'd with other vaunts and other promises.

V'AUNT

,
Noun.
The first part. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


vaunt

vaunt

English

Verb

vaunt (third-person singular simple present vaunts, present participle vaunting, simple past and past participle vaunted)

  1. (intransitive) To speak boastfully.
    • 1829Washington 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."
  2. (transitive) To speak boastfully about.
  3. (transitive) To boast of; to make a vain display of; to display with ostentation.
    • Bible, 1 Cor. xiii. 4
      Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
    • Milton
      My vanquisher, spoiled of his vaunted spoil.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

vaunt (plural vaunts)

  1. A boast; an instance of vaunting.
    • Milton
      the spirits beneath, whom I seduced / with other promises and other vaunts
    • 1904G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Book II, chapter III
      He has answered me back, vaunt for vaunt, rhetoric for rhetoric.
Translations

Etymology 2

French avant (before, fore). See avant, vanguard.

Noun

vaunt (plural vaunts)

  1. (obsolete) The first part.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

Anagrams