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swagger

[swag-er]
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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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noun
  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

swagger

1
verb
  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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noun
  1. arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
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adjective
  1. British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
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Derived Formsswaggerer, nounswaggering, adjectiveswaggeringly, adverb

Word Origin for swagger

C16: probably from swag

swagger

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swaggie (ˈswæɡɪ)

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