[ rod-uh-mon-teyd, -tahd, -muhn-, roh-duh- ]
See synonyms for: rodomontaderodomontadedrodomontading on

  1. vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.

  1. bragging.

verb (used without object),rod·o·mon·tad·ed, rod·o·mon·tad·ing.

Origin of rodomontade

First recorded in 1605–15; from Middle French, from Italian Rodomonte, the boastful king of Algiers in Orlando Innamorato and Orlando Furioso + Middle French -ade -ade1

Words Nearby rodomontade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rodomontade in a sentence

  • Except for this exhibition of rodomontade his address was a wonderful display of reasoning and erudition.

  • Lily said, "Yes, it was so," without at all understanding what he meant by his rodomontade.

    London's Heart | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • In the first place, the stranger cannot but be struck by the perfect adaptation of Jefferson's rodomontade to an expected purpose.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • The impostor they follow has nothing but fustian and rodomontade in his impudent lying book from beginning to end.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
  • Carlocho opened his eyes wide at this rodomontade, which he could not understand, but hastened to obey the order.

    Stoneheart | Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for rodomontade


/ (ˌrɒdəmɒnˈteɪd, -ˈtɑːd) literary /

    • boastful words or behaviour; bragging

    • (as modifier): rodomontade behaviour

  1. (intr) to boast, bluster, or rant

Origin of rodomontade

C17: from French, from Italian rodomonte a boaster, from Rodomonte the name of a braggart king of Algiers in epic poems by Boiardo and Ariosto

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