braggadocio

[ brag-uh-doh-shee-oh ]
/ ˌbræg əˈdoʊ ʃiˌoʊ /

noun, plural brag·ga·do·ci·os.

empty boasting; bragging.
a boasting person; braggart.

Nearby words

  1. bragg,
  2. bragg scattering,
  3. bragg's law,
  4. bragg, braxton,
  5. bragg, sir william henry,
  6. braggadocious,
  7. braggart,
  8. braggartly,
  9. bragger,
  10. bragging rights

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

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British Dictionary definitions for braggadocio

braggadocio

/ (ˌbræɡəˈdəʊtʃɪˌəʊ) /

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

braggadocio

n.

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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