rodomontade

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

noun

vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for rodomontade

rodomontade

/ (ˌrɒdəmɒnˈteɪd, -ˈtɑːd) literary /

noun

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

verb

(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

rodomontade


n.

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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