- to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
- to boast or brag noisily.
- to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
- swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.
Origin of swagger
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Examples from the Web for swagger
He has given that profession a swagger that, let's face it, few other professions have.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
The third continued in kind with “selfie,” “swagger,” and “twerk.”Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist
November 13, 2014
And the show desperately needed the likes of Parker to throw Red off his game, to put a stop to his swagger.The Blacklist’s Frustrating Fall: Keen’s a Keeper, but Red Regresses
November 11, 2014
The co-owner of Metropolis Collectables, Vincent has Wolverine mutton chops, a Tony Stark goatee, and Lex Luthor swagger.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
The Hoboken swagger had been replaced by a Wall Street stride.Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set
August 2, 2014
With a grin and a swagger of pure bravado Mulready turned and obeyed.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
His manner was changed; there was something of a swagger in it.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
He had come into the salon with a swagger, his sword-ornament clanking.
He nodded at me in a friendly way, and went out with a swagger.A Set of Six
He balanced himself where he stood in a swagger that marked time.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
- (intr) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
- (intr often foll by about) to brag loudly
- (tr) rare to force, influence, etc, by blustering
- arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
- British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
- other names for swagman
Word Origin and History for swagger
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.