- to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
- the act of strutting.
- a strutting walk or gait.
- strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
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- any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.
- to brace or support by means of a strut or struts.
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Examples from the Web for strut
Her curves found a way to strut through baggy denim in Nights in Rodanthe.Is Diane Lane Too Sexy for Hillary?
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Her skintight sparkly black dress did not look too easy to strut down the catwalk in.15 Hilarious Pageant Moments
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The kids hold what they call a “ramp walk,” a mock fashion show where we all dress up and strut on a makeshift stage.Hysteria Strikes Mumbai School Kids
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On television, real housewives, basketball wives, and assorted other caricatures all strut forth baring cleavage.Helen Gurley Brown’s Fashion Sense: the Power of Cleavage
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Be prepared: It will be tough Watching Gingrich strut his stuff Stay tuned to hear him bloviate On narrow win in his home state.
The strut that holds the propeller-shaft is shown in Fig. 91 .Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
A strut joint is a form of miter joint used in making trusses.Handwork in Wood
They like better to strut about with their faces painted all the colors of the rainbow.
They may safely be left to strut about their uneasy hour and be forgotten.In Our First Year of the War
There was a time when the realization caused him to strut a little, but he'd got over it.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
- (intr) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
- (tr) to support or provide with struts
- strut one's stuff informal to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
- a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
- an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Word Origin and History for strut
"walk in a vain, important manner," Old English strutian "to stand out stiffly," from Proto-Germanic *strut- (cf. Danish strutte, German strotzen "to be puffed up, be swelled," German Strauß "fight"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see sterile). Originally of the air or the attitude; modern sense, focused on the walk, first recorded 1510s. Cognate with Old English ðrutung "anger, arrogance" (see throat). To strut (one's) stuff is black slang, first recorded 1926, from strut as the name of a dance popular from c.1900.