[ bruh-vah-doh ]
/ brəˈvɑ doʊ /

noun, plural bra·va·does, bra·va·dos.

a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.

Origin of bravado

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

Related forms

o·ver·bra·va·do, noun

Can be confused

bravery bravado bravura

Synonym study

See courage. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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