bravado

[ bruh-vah-doh ]
/ brəˈvɑ doʊ /

noun, plural bra·va·does, bra·va·dos.

a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.

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Origin of bravado

1575–85; < Spanish bravada (now bravata < It), equivalent to brav(o) brave + -ada -ade1

synonym study for bravado

See courage.

OTHER WORDS FROM bravado

o·ver·bra·va·do, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bravado

bravery bravado bravura
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British Dictionary definitions for bravado

bravado
/ (brəˈvɑːdəʊ) /

noun plural -does or -dos

vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger

Word Origin for bravado

C16: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave
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