- to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
- the act of strutting.
- a strutting walk or gait.
- strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
Origin of strut1
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- (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
- a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
- an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Word Origin for strut
"walk in a vain, important manner," Old English strutian "to stand out stiffly," from Proto-Germanic *strut- (cf. Danish strutte, German strotzen "to be puffed up, be swelled," German Strauß "fight"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see sterile). Originally of the air or the attitude; modern sense, focused on the walk, first recorded 1510s. Cognate with Old English ðrutung "anger, arrogance" (see throat). To strut (one's) stuff is black slang, first recorded 1926, from strut as the name of a dance popular from c.1900.
strut one's stuff
Behave or perform in an ostentatious manner, show off, as in The skaters were out, strutting their stuff. This expression uses strut in the sense of “display in order to impress others.” [Slang; first half of 1900s]