dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
adjective, swank·er, swank·est.
stylish or elegant.
verb (used without object)
to swagger in behavior; show off.
Origin of swank1
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
a simple past tense of swink.
verb (used without object), swank or swonk, swonk·en, swink·ing, noun
Origin of swink
before 900; Middle English swinken, Old English swincan;Related formsswink·er, noun
akin to swing1
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Related Words for swankposh
British Dictionary definitions for swank
(intr) to show off or swagger
Also called: swankpot British a swaggering or conceited person
mainly US elegance or style, esp of a showy kind
another word (esp US) for swanky
Word Origin for swank
C19: perhaps from Middle High German swanken to sway; see swagDerived Formsswinker, noun
Word Origin for swink
Old English swinc, from swincan
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Word Origin and History for 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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