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strut

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[struht]
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verb (used without object), strut·ted, strut·ting.
  1. to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
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noun
  1. the act of strutting.
  2. a strutting walk or gait.
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Idioms
  1. strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
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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)
Related formsstrut·ter, noun

Synonyms for strut

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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.
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Related Words for strut one's stuff

perform, playact

British Dictionary definitions for strut one's stuff

strut

verb struts, strutting or strutted
  1. (intr) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
  2. (tr) to support or provide with struts
  3. strut one's stuff informal to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
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noun
  1. a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
  2. an affected, proud, or stiff walk
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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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Word Origin and History for strut one's stuff

strut

v.

"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.

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strut

n.

"supporting brace," 1580s, perhaps from strut (v.), or a cognate word in Old Norse or Low German (cf. Low German strutt "rigid"); ultimately from Proto-Germanic *strutoz-, from root *strut- (see strut (v.)).

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Idioms and Phrases with strut one's stuff

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]

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