- 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.
Origin of strut1
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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.
Origin of strut2
Examples from the Web for strutted
James dropped out of the race, and Booker strutted into office at 920 Broad Street with 72 percent of the vote.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
The 18-year-old strutted down the runway Monday in an edgy, off-the-shoulder, red-and-black tweed ensemble accented with feathers.Kendall Jenner Walks in Chanel Couture; Taylor Swift Pens Op-Ed for ‘The Wall Street Journal’
The Fashion Beast Team
July 8, 2014
Purses, platforms, and "mankles" strutted down the runway at the designer's men's show.Men Wear Heels at J.W. Anderson's London Fashion Show
January 7, 2014
Few people have strutted and fretted upon the stage longer, or done more damage, than Dick Cheney.Cheney's Love Letter to Himself
September 7, 2011
She strutted down the red carpet the color of cafe au lait—except for her white ears and the big white spots behind them.Spray-Tan Horror Stories
July 7, 2010
Turkey Buzzard put it on and strutted up and down the forest.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
They strutted and bragged as if the millions were already theirs.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
It was of no consequence to me that he strutted about in my feathers.
My brother Joe felt mighty big after freedom and strutted about.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
The proud warriors, despising any menial employment, strutted about with lordly air.
- (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 strutted
"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.