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swaggering

[swag-er-ing] /ˈswæg ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or behaving in the manner of a person who swaggers.
Origin of swaggering
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; swagger + -ing2
Related forms
swaggeringly, adverb
unswaggering, adjective
unswaggeringly, adverb

swagger

[swag-er] /ˈswæg ər/
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)
3.
to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
noun
4.
swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.
Origin
First recorded in 1580-90; swag1 + -er6
Related forms
swaggerer, noun
outswagger, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See strut1 .
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Examples from the Web for swaggering
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  • There is no necessity for this swaggering self-consciousness of freedom.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • "A man's a man when he's got a weapon like that," he would say with a swaggering air.

  • They told the old tales of the bivouac; they sang its naughty or swaggering songs.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for swaggering

swagger1

/ˈswæɡə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
2.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to brag loudly
3.
(transitive) (rare) to force, influence, etc, by blustering
noun
4.
arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
adjective
5.
(Brit, informal, rare) elegantly fashionable
Derived Forms
swaggerer, noun
swaggering, adjective
swaggeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from swag

swagger2

/ˈswæɡə/
noun
1.
other names for swagman
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Word Origin and History for swaggering

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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