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noun, plural bra·va·does, bra·va·dos.
  1. 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
Related formso·ver·bra·va·do, noun
Can be confusedbravery bravado bravura

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See courage.
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Related Words for bravado

bluster, grandiosity, blowing, boasting, swelling, gasconade, guts, bullying, pretension, bombast, braggadocio, bluff, railing, pomposity, rant, talk, crowing, raging, fanfaronade, fuming

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Historical Examples of bravado

  • My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.

  • There was something in the man's tone of bravado that stamped it genuine.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • His eyes fell, his bravado vanished, he fumbled with the cutlery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The last fragment of self-respect, of bravado even, was in tatters.

  • At times, when all had turned their backs, she kissed him, out of a sort of bravado.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for bravado


noun plural -does or -dos
  1. vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
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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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Word Origin and History for bravado


1580s, from French bravade "bragging, boasting," from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting" (16c.), from bravare "brag, boast, be defiant," from bravo (see brave (adj.)). The English word was influenced in form by Spanish words ending in -ado.

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