- dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
- a swagger.
- stylish or elegant.
- pretentiously stylish.
- to swagger in behavior; show off.
Origin of swank1
- a simple past tense of swink.
- labor; toil.
Origin of swink
- (intr) to show off or swagger
- Also called: swankpot British a swaggering or conceited person
- mainly US elegance or style, esp of a showy kind
- swagger; ostentation
- another word (esp US) for swanky
- (intr) to toil or drudge
- toil or drudgery
Word Origin and History for swank
1809, "to strut" (swanky, n., "attractive young fellow" is recorded from 1508), perhaps related to Middle High German swanken "to sway, totter," and Old High German swingan "to swing." Said to have been a Midlands and southwestern England dialectal word. The noun meaning "ostentatious behavior" is recorded from 1854; adjective sense of "stylish, classy, posh" is from 1913.