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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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  1. the act of strutting.
  2. a strutting walk or gait.
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  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

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

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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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Historical Examples of strutter

  • Of course Peter said he did, and that was sufficient excuse for Strutter to show off.

    The Burgess Bird Book for Children

    Thornton W. Burgess

  • In the most stately way you can imagine Strutter walked the length of that mossy log.

  • There's a big, mossy, hollow log over yonder, and I remember that Mrs. Grouse once told me that that is Strutter's thunder log.

British Dictionary definitions for strutter


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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  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 strutter



"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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"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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