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swank

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[ swangk ]
/ swæŋk /
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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.
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Origin of swank

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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

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[ swangk ]
/ swæŋk /

verb
a simple past tense of swink.
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British Dictionary definitions for swank

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
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