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.


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

Origin of swagger

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

Synonyms for swagger

1. See strut1.
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Examples from the Web for swaggered

Contemporary Examples of swaggered

Historical Examples of swaggered

  • And he swaggered out before M. Binet had recovered from his speechlessness.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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

    Alice Brown

  • He paused and swaggered a little on the precarious support of his cracker box.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • "Swaggered," supplied Cummings coolly as the president's voice lapsed.

British Dictionary definitions for swaggered




(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
Derived Formsswaggerer, nounswaggering, adjectiveswaggeringly, adverb

Word Origin for swagger

C16: probably from swag



swaggie (ˈswæɡɪ)


other names for swagman
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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.

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