- pertaining to, characteristic of, or behaving in the manner of a person who swaggers.
Origin of swaggering
- 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 swaggering
Amir moves from a swaggering hotshot who seems to know it all to a broken man now questioning everything.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
Prisons are notoriously tightlipped when it comes to negative publicity, and officials often act with a swaggering confidence.How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
Jordan was great at playing the swaggering hero on the TV series Friday Night Lights, and can do it again.Ryan Gosling Rumored For J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ Movie: Let’s Cast It
July 25, 2013
First, because by swaggering, “we will fix it—we will move on,” Dimon has claimed dominance over global markets.Jamie Dimon’s Hubris Unshakable as JPMorgan Reelects Him to Top Two Posts
May 16, 2012
The show became a national sensation, with Downey front and center as the swaggering mouthpiece for working-class outrage.‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’: The Pundit’s Rise and Fall
April 24, 2012
There is no necessity for this swaggering self-consciousness of freedom.American Notes
"A man's a man when he's got a weapon like that," he would say with a swaggering air.The Fat and the Thin
They told the old tales of the bivouac; they sang its naughty or swaggering songs.Gilian The Dreamer
On the contrary, I look upon you as a swaggering bully and a hoary villain.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
“Swaggering old beggar,” he must have overheard a young sub.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
- (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 swaggering
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.