[ struht ]
/ strʌt /
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.
the act of strutting.
a strutting walk or gait.
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strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
Origin of strut1
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
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British Dictionary definitions for strut one's stuff
/ (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
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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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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