swank

1
[ swangk ]
/ swæŋk /

noun

dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
a swagger.

adjective, swank·er, swank·est.

stylish or elegant.
pretentiously stylish.

verb (used without object)

to swagger in behavior; show off.

Origin of swank

1
1800–10; compare Scots swank lively, perhaps ultimately representing back formation from Old English swancor lithe; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple, Middle High German swanken to sway

Definition for swank (2 of 3)

swank

2
[ swangk ]
/ swæŋk /

verb

a simple past tense of swink.

Definition for swank (3 of 3)

swink

[ swingk ]
/ swɪŋk /
British Archaic.

verb (used without object), swank or swonk, swonk·en, swink·ing, noun

labor; toil.

Origin of swink

before 900; Middle English swinken, Old English swincan; akin to swing1
Related formsswink·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for swank (1 of 2)

swank

/ (swæŋk) informal /

verb

(intr) to show off or swagger

noun

Also called: swankpot British a swaggering or conceited person
mainly US elegance or style, esp of a showy kind
swagger; ostentation

adjective

another word (esp US) for swanky

Word Origin for swank

C19: perhaps from Middle High German swanken to sway; see swag

British Dictionary definitions for swank (2 of 2)

swink

/ (swɪŋk) archaic /

verb

(intr) to toil or drudge

noun

toil or drudgery
Derived Formsswinker, noun

Word Origin for swink

Old English swinc, from swincan
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Word Origin and History for swank

swank


1809, "to strut" (swanky, n., "attractive young fellow" is recorded from 1508), perhaps related to Middle High German swanken "to sway, totter," and Old High German swingan "to swing." Said to have been a Midlands and southwestern England dialectal word. The noun meaning "ostentatious behavior" is recorded from 1854; adjective sense of "stylish, classy, posh" is from 1913.

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