Vaunt vs Vigilant - What's the difference?

vaunt | vigilant |

As a verb vaunt

is to speak boastfully.

As a noun vaunt

is a boast; an instance of vaunting or vaunt can be (obsolete) the first part.

As an adjective vigilant is

watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary.



Etymology 1

(etyl) vaunter, variant of (etyl) vanter, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To speak boastfully.
  • * 1829 — , 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."
  • To speak boastfully about.
  • 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.
    * (speak boastfully) boast, brag
    Derived terms
    * vaunter


    (en noun)
  • A boast; an instance of vaunting.
  • * Milton
  • the spirits beneath, whom I seduced / with other promises and other vaunts
  • * 1904 — , Book II, chapter III
  • He has answered me back, vaunt' for ' vaunt , rhetoric for rhetoric.

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) . See avant, vanguard.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) The first part.
  • (Shakespeare)
    (Webster 1913)






    (en adjective)
  • Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary
  • Be vigilant for signs of disease in your garden.


    * watchful, alert, wary, aware, on the qui vive

    Derived terms

    * vigilantly