- 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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Examples from the Web for strutter
Of course Peter said he did, and that was sufficient excuse for Strutter to show off.
In the most stately way you can imagine Strutter walked the length of that mossy log.
There's a big, mossy, hollow log over yonder, and I remember that Mrs. Grouse once told me that that is Strutter's thunder log.
- (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 strutter
"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.