[ swangk ]
/ swæŋk /
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
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British Dictionary definitions for swanker
/ (swæŋk) informal /
(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 swag
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