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 forms

swink·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 Forms

swinker, noun

Word Origin for swink

Old English swinc, from swincan
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