- walking or moving with a strut; walking pompously; pompous.
Origin of strutting
- 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 strutting
From Anna Wintour to Rita Ora to Claire Danes, stars are strutting their stuff in red this season.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
Paul, strutting across the stage with a wireless microphone and wearing blue jeans, hit almost every other note.Rand Paul’s Bizarre Bowe Bergdahl Joke
June 6, 2014
When Rita Ora relieved Zac Efron of his shirt at the MTV Movie Awards, his apparent surprise shifted quickly to strutting.Zac Efron’s Eyes Are Up Here, Ladies
April 15, 2014
And maybe that video of George W. Bush strutting around on an aircraft carrier in his flight suit.Want To Know What America Thinks of Itself? Watch Jack Ryan on Wall Street
January 18, 2014
There he found a street full of young kids he recognized, their hoodies up, strutting round a burning car.A Tinderbox Waiting for a Match
August 11, 2011
One of the duties of these strutting heroes was to maintain silence.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
Manager Strutt, and Manager Butt, were strutting and butting each other.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
See, the inspector is strutting just below us in the smithy.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
My vanity did not express itself in strutting or wagging the head.The Promised Land
He has a kind of strutting dignity, and is tall by walking on tiptoe.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
- (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 strutting
"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.