[ struht-ing ]
/ ˈstrʌt ɪŋ /


walking or moving with a strut; walking pompously; pompous.

Nearby words

  1. strunt,
  2. strut,
  3. strut one's stuff,
  4. struthers,
  5. struthious,
  6. struttingly,
  7. struve,
  8. struwwelpeter,
  9. strychnia,
  10. strychnic

Origin of strutting

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at strut1, -ing2

Related formsstrut·ting·ly, adverb


[ 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.

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)

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


[ struht ]
/ strʌt /


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

First recorded in 1565–75; obscurely akin to strut1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strutting


/ (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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