vaunt (vônt, vŏnt)
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. See Synonyms at boast1.
1. A boastful remark.
2. Speech of extravagant self-praise.
[Middle English vaunten, from Old French vanter, from Late Latin vānitāre, to talk frivolously, frequentative of Latin vānāre, from vānus, empty; see euə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.