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verb (used without object)
  1. to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
  2. to boast or brag noisily.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
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  1. swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.
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Origin of swagger

First recorded in 1580–90; swag1 + -er6
Related formsswag·ger·er, nounout·swag·ger, verb (used with object)

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1. See strut1.
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Related Words for swagger

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

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British Dictionary definitions for swagger


  1. (intr) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
  2. (intr often foll by about) to brag loudly
  3. (tr) rare to force, influence, etc, by blustering
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  1. arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
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  1. British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
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Derived Formsswaggerer, nounswaggering, adjectiveswaggeringly, adverb

Word Origin for swagger

C16: probably from swag



swaggie (ˈswæɡɪ)

  1. other names for swagman
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Word Origin and History for swagger


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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