[ rod-uh-mon-teyd, -tahd, -muh n-, roh-duh- ]
/ ˌrɒd ə mɒnˈteɪd, -ˈtɑd, -mən-, ˌroʊ də- /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for rodomontade


/ (ˌrɒdəmɒnˈteɪd, -ˈtɑːd) literary /


  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
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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."

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