- to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
- to boast or brag noisily.
- to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
- swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.
Origin of swagger
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Examples from the Web for swaggered
Hizzoner asked in a pleading tone—an extremely rare posture for a man who in the past had swaggered with an air of invincibility.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
He swaggered into the school cafeteria that day with a .22 caliber handgun and started shooting randomly.How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
In cowboy boots and fake Stetson, and with a large pistol on his hip, he swaggered around Parchman as if he owned it.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
And he swaggered out before M. Binet had recovered from his speechlessness.Scaramouche
Bill McCandless leaped from the saddle and swaggered to the corral bars.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
He swaggered a little over the letter and told the family he had to, it was such luck.The Prisoner
He paused and swaggered a little on the precarious support of his cracker box.Hidden Water
"Swaggered," supplied Cummings coolly as the president's voice lapsed.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- (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
- arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
- British informal, rare elegantly fashionable
- other names for swagman
Word Origin and History for swaggered
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.