noun, plural brag·ga·do·ci·os.

empty boasting; bragging.
a boasting person; braggart.

Origin of braggadocio

after Braggadocchio, boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590), apparently a pseudo-Italian coinage based on brag
Related formsbrag·ga·do·ci·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for braggadocio

Contemporary Examples of braggadocio

Historical Examples of braggadocio

  • She began to talk of priests in a tone of contempt and braggadocio.

  • Drayton made up to Greta and the parson with an air of braggadocio.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • It makes jealousies, braggadocio and keeps up the fight spirit.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

  • It was all braggadocio on her part; but it had the desired effect.

  • It was nothing but the vain boast of a brute, a coward and a braggadocio!

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

British Dictionary definitions for braggadocio


noun plural -os

vain empty boasting
a person who boasts; braggart

Word Origin for braggadocio

C16: from Braggadocchio, name of a boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene; probably from braggart + Italian -occhio (augmentative suffix)
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Word Origin and History for braggadocio

Spenser's coinage, 1590, as a name for his personification of vainglory, from brag, with augmentative ending by analogy to the Italian words then in vogue in England. In general use by 1594 for "an empty swaggerer;" of the talk of such persons, from 1734.

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