[rod-uh-mon-teyd, -tahd, -muh n-, roh-duh-]


vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.


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

to boast; brag; talk big.

Origin of rodomontade

1605–15; < Middle French < Italian Rodomonte, the boastful king of Algiers in Orlando Innamorato and Orlando Furioso + Middle French -ade -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rodomontade

grandiloquence, bombast, boast, braggart, rant, pretension, pride, bluster

Examples from the Web for rodomontade

Historical Examples of rodomontade

  • Slang is nowadays very often the only vehicle by which rodomontade may be avoided.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

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

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • It is amusing to trace Mr. Gosse's rodomontade to its source.

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins

  • They did so; and a day it was, of boast, and swagger, and rodomontade.

  • His old passion for a theatrical piece of rodomontade was not yet subdued.

British Dictionary definitions for rodomontade



  1. boastful words or behaviour; bragging
  2. (as modifier)rodomontade behaviour


(intr) to boast, bluster, or rant

Word Origin for 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rodomontade

1610s (earlier rodomontado, 1590s), "vain boasting like that of Rodomonte," character in Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso." In dialectal Italian the name means literally "one who rolls (away) the mountain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper