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swagger

[ swag-er ]
/ ˈswæg ər /
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verb (used without object)

to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
to boast or brag noisily.

verb (used with object)

to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.

noun

swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.

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sashay, strut, prance, gloat, bluster, saunter, swank, bully, boast, cock, swell, pontificate, grandstand, sweep, brandish, hector, brag, flourish, lord, sway

Nearby words

swados, swag, swage, swage block, swager, swagger, swagger coat, swagger stick, swaggering, swaggeringly, swaggie

Origin of swagger

First recorded in 1580–90; swag1 + -er6
SYNONYMS FOR swagger
1 See strut1.
Related formsswag·ger·er, nounout·swag·ger, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for swagger (1 of 2)

swagger

1
/ (ˈswæɡə) /

verb

(intr) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
(intr often foll by about) to brag loudly
(tr) rare to force, influence, etc, by blustering

noun

arrogant gait, conduct, or manner

adjective

British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
Derived Formsswaggerer, nounswaggering, adjectiveswaggeringly, adverb

Word Origin for swagger

C16: probably from swag

British Dictionary definitions for swagger (2 of 2)

swagger

2

swaggie (ˈswæɡɪ)

/ (ˈswæɡə) /

noun

other names for swagman
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Word Origin and History for swagger

swagger


v.

1590, first recorded in Shakespeare ("Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably a frequentative form of swag (v.). Related: Swaggered; swaggering. The noun is attested from 1725.

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