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strut1

[struht]
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verb (used without object), strut·ted, strut·ting.
  1. to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
noun
  1. the act of strutting.
  2. a strutting walk or gait.
Idioms
  1. strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.

Origin of strut1

before 1000; Middle English strouten to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster, Old English strūtian to struggle, derivative of *strūt (whence Middle English strut strife)
Related formsstrut·ter, noun

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1. parade, flourish. Strut and swagger refer especially to carriage in walking. Strut implies swelling pride or pompousness; to strut is to walk with a stiff, pompous, seemingly affected or self-conscious gait: A turkey struts about the barnyard. Swagger implies a domineering, sometimes jaunty, superiority or challenge, and a self-important manner: to swagger down the street.

strut2

[struht]
noun
  1. any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.
verb (used with object), strut·ted, strut·ting.
  1. to brace or support by means of a strut or struts.

Origin of strut2

First recorded in 1565–75; obscurely akin to strut1
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strut

verb struts, strutting or strutted
  1. (intr) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
  2. (tr) to support or provide with struts
  3. strut one's stuff informal to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
noun
  1. a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
  2. an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Derived Formsstrutter, nounstrutting, adjectivestruttingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14 strouten (in the sense: swell, stand out; C16: to walk stiffly), from Old English strūtian to stand stiffly; related to Low German strutt stiff
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Word Origin and History for strutted

strut

v.

"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.

strut

n.

"supporting brace," 1580s, perhaps from strut (v.), or a cognate word in Old Norse or Low German (cf. Low German strutt "rigid"); ultimately from Proto-Germanic *strutoz-, from root *strut- (see strut (v.)).

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