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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.
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Idioms about strut

    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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First recorded before 1000; Middle English strouten “to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster,” Old English strūtian “to struggle,” derivative of unattested strūt (whence Middle English strut “strife”)

synonym study for strut

1. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM strut

strutter, noun

Other definitions for strut (2 of 2)

strut2
[ 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 forms of strut

strutter, 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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