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  1. bragging; bravado; bluster.
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Origin of fanfaronade

1645–55; < French fanfaronnade < Spanish fanfarronada. See fanfaron, -ade1
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Historical Examples

  • I do not believe in the fanfaronade that all men are by nature equal.

    An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans

    Lydia Maria Child

  • This was the derisive answer that Clarissa made to this fanfaronade of old Joshua.

    The Broken Sword

    Dennison Worthington

  • There was, no doubt, in the movement a good deal of claret and fanfaronade.

  • Valour profits not; neither has fortune smiled on Fanfaronade.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Bowing to madame and the hotel people, we sailed gracefully out of the hotel yard, Rattray too-tooing a fanfaronade on the horn.

    The Lightning Conductor

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for fanfaronade


  1. rare boasting or flaunting behaviour; bluster
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Spanish fanfarronada, from fanfarrón boaster, from Arabic farfār garrulous
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