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swagger

[swag-er]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
  2. to boast or brag noisily.
verb (used with object)
  1. to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
noun
  1. swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.

Origin of swagger

First recorded in 1580–90; swag1 + -er6
Related formsswag·ger·er, nounout·swag·ger, verb (used with object)

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1. See strut1.
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British Dictionary definitions for swagger

swagger1

verb
  1. (intr) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
  2. (intr often foll by about) to brag loudly
  3. (tr) rare to force, influence, etc, by blustering
noun
  1. arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
adjective
  1. British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
Derived Formsswaggerer, nounswaggering, adjectiveswaggeringly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: probably from swag

swagger2

swaggie (ˈswæɡɪ)

noun
  1. other names for swagman
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Word Origin and History for swagger

v.

1590, first recorded in Shakespeare ("Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably a frequentative form of swag (v.). Related: Swaggered; swaggering. The noun is attested from 1725.

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