[with object] (usually as adjective vaunted)
Boast about or praise (something), especially excessively: 'the much vaunted information superhighway'
- For all of our much vaunted independence, scratch an American of Anglo descent and you'll find a bit of a Briton.
- So much for the much vaunted transparency and accountability policy.
- Even the country's much vaunted success in the IT industry needs to be put in perspective, he says.
- It is as if he caught a glimpse of a way to resolve the traumas - of race, allegiance, identity, inequality - that have beset America since it declared itself, vauntingly, impossibly, 'the land of the free'.
- If he said so, he was speaking of the Ptolemaic cosmogony as known to him through the Arabs, and his vaunt was a humorous proof of his scientific instinct.
- They were a power strong enough to give the Pharaoh cause to vaunt his success.
- The Afghans vaunt the salubrity and charm of some local climates, as of the Toba hills above the Kakar country, and of some of the high valleys of the Safed Koh.
American Heritage (2011):
v. vaunt-ed, vaunt-ing, vaunts
To speak or write about (something) in a strongly positive way; praise or boast about.
To speak boastfully; brag.
[Middle English vaunten, from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vanitare, to talk frivolously, frequentative of Latin vanare, from vanus, empty]
- A boastful remark.
- Speech of extravagant self-praise.
[C14: from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vanitare to brag, from Latin vanus vain]
- (tr) to describe, praise, or display (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully
- (intr) to use boastful language; brag
- a boast
- ostentatious display
Concise Oxford (1919):
v.i. & t., & n. Boast, brag ; boast of; (n.) boast.
[(n. f. vb) f. F vanter f. LL vanitare (as vanity)]
vaunting. imp.: n. conceited or vainglorious boasting :
- v. vawnt (It. vantare; F. variter, to boast,
to brag : L. vanus, vain, empty : Sp. vanidad, vanity, vain parade)
to make a vain display of; to boast:
- n. a boast; a vain display:
vaunt'ed, pp. vainly boasted of or displayed :
vaunt'er, n. a boaster :
V'AUNT, v.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. (Gov. of Tongue)
V'AUNT, v.t. To boast of; to make a vain display of.
My vanquisher, spoil'd of his vaunted spoil. (Milton)
Charity vaunteth not itself. 1 Cor. 13.
V'AUNT, n. 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. (Milton)
V'AUNT, n. The first part. [Not used.]
Samuel Johnson (1768):
v.a. [vanter, Fr.]
To boast; to display with ostentation. Spenser.
To play the braggart; to talk with ostentation. Milton.
s. [from the verb.]
Brag; boast; vain ostentation. Spenser, Granville.
s. [from avaunt, Fr.]
The first part. Shakespeare.
s. [vanteur, Fr.]
Boaster; braggart. Dryden.
a. [vaunt and full.]
Boastful; ostentatious. Spenser.
adv. [from vaunting]
Boastfully; ostentatiously. Shakesp.
University of Michigan (Middle English):
vaunten (v.) Also vaunt(e, vaunton, vant(e; p. vaunted, wanted.
[OF vanter, AF vaunter; also cp. ME avaunten v.]
- To speak vainly or proudly, boast; also, boast (that something is so); ppl. vauntinge, boasting, boastful;
- refl. to boast, brag; also, boast (that something is so); ~ ayenes, compare oneself presumptuously with (sb.).
vanter, vaunter; vantire
vanteur, vanteour, vantur; vaunteur
- to praise highly: De vus est mut bien veir ηoe que tuit sunt cuntant (var. vantant), Horn 1102;
- to boast about, claim (falsely): quant jeo voie qe pur ascune chose qe j'ai vantee et menti de moi meismes, qe homme me porte plus de honour, Sz Med 24;
- v.n. to boast: Ne puet de ηa vanter Engleis Ne de l'autre part Daneis, S Edw2 ANTS 281;
se vanter de,
- to boast about: Pur les crestiens esponter Se volent li paen vanter De cuntruver diverses peines, S Laur ANTS 184; Et me vantoie asseez de foizes des choses qe jeo ne poai ou savoie, Sz Med 16;
- to claim success: la reine od aus ses filles fait mener Pur veeir le dedut (i.e. 'games'), ki s'en purra vaunter, Horn 2575.
- sbst. inf. boasting: Ne voil deguerpir ma vantire (: dire), Salemon 9086; si lessez le vanter, GUISCH 934.
- a. boastful: Vassal, trop estes vanteur, Ipom BFR 9802;
- s. boaster, braggart: Li Engleis sunt bon vantur, ne se savent osteer, FANT OUP 978; il fu orgoilleus vanteour e surquidez, Ancren2 87.20.