strut

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[ struht ]
/ strʌt /
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verb (used without object), strut·ted, strut·ting.

to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.

noun

the act of strutting.
a strutting walk or gait.

Nearby words

  1. strung,
  2. strung out,
  3. strung up,
  4. strung-out,
  5. strunt,
  6. strut one's stuff,
  7. struthers,
  8. struthious,
  9. strutting,
  10. struttingly

Idioms

    strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.

Origin of strut

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before 1000; Middle English strouten to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster, Old English strūtian to struggle, derivative of *strūt (whence Middle English strut strife)

SYNONYMS FOR strut
1. parade, flourish. Strut and swagger refer especially to carriage in walking. Strut implies swelling pride or pompousness; to strut is to walk with a stiff, pompous, seemingly affected or self-conscious gait: A turkey struts about the barnyard. Swagger implies a domineering, sometimes jaunty, superiority or challenge, and a self-important manner: to swagger down the street.

Related formsstrut·ter, noun

strut

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[ struht ]
/ strʌt /

noun

any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.

verb (used with object), strut·ted, strut·ting.

to brace or support by means of a strut or struts.

Origin of strut

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First recorded in 1565–75; obscurely akin to strut1

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British Dictionary definitions for strut

strut

/ (strʌt) /

verb struts, strutting or strutted

(intr) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
(tr) to support or provide with struts
strut one's stuff informal to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off

noun

a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Derived Formsstrutter, nounstrutting, adjectivestruttingly, adverb

Word Origin for strut

C14 strouten (in the sense: swell, stand out; C16: to walk stiffly), from Old English strūtian to stand stiffly; related to Low German strutt stiff

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