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[struht] /strʌt/
verb (used without object), strutted, strutting.
to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out, as if expecting to impress observers.
the act of strutting.
a strutting walk or gait.
strut one's stuff, to dress, behave, perform, etc., one's best in order to impress others; show off.
Origin of strut1
before 1000; Middle English strouten to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster, Old English strūtian to struggle, derivative of *strūt (whence Middle English strut strife)
Related forms
strutter, noun
1. parade, flourish. Strut and swagger refer especially to carriage in walking. Strut implies swelling pride or pompousness; to strut is to walk with a stiff, pompous, seemingly affected or self-conscious gait: A turkey struts about the barnyard. Swagger implies a domineering, sometimes jaunty, superiority or challenge, and a self-important manner: to swagger down the street.


[struht] /strʌt/
any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression.
verb (used with object), strutted, strutting.
to brace or support by means of a strut or struts.
1565-75; obscurely akin to strut1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strutted
  • Later he let me kneel in his path, eye to camera, as he strutted into the spotlight.
  • Following the crumbs, the pigeons strutted to the hem of the bride's train.
  • Once poets spoke for the age and strutted the cultural stage as stars.
  • Chickens roosted in nearby trees or strutted, hundreds strong, across an abutting pasture.
  • Usually sidelined in the seats, this time celebrities strutted the catwalk wearing red dresses by various designers.
  • It was obvious that he was out to write tickets, especially from the way he strutted around the courtroom.
  • The fitted white pantsuit in which celebrities have strutted along red carpets recently is now marching down the wedding aisle.
  • He strutted up to the plate, grinned, and gave a thumbs-up sign to the cheering crowd.
  • Under certain conditions, corrugated metal pipe be strutted.
  • Celebrities strutted past a throng of flashbulbs and video cameras.
British Dictionary definitions for strutted


verb struts, strutting, strutted
(intransitive) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
(transitive) to support or provide with struts
(informal) strut one's stuff, to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
an affected, proud, or stiff walk
Derived Forms
strutter, noun
strutting, adjective
struttingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 strouten (in the sense: swell, stand out; C16: to walk stiffly), from Old English strūtian to stand stiffly; related to Low German strutt stiff
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Word Origin and History for strutted



"walk in a vain, important manner," Old English strutian "to stand out stiffly," from Proto-Germanic *strut- (cf. Danish strutte, German strotzen "to be puffed up, be swelled," German Strauß "fight"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see sterile). Originally of the air or the attitude; modern sense, focused on the walk, first recorded 1510s. Cognate with Old English ðrutung "anger, arrogance" (see throat). To strut (one's) stuff is black slang, first recorded 1926, from strut as the name of a dance popular from c.1900.


"supporting brace," 1580s, perhaps from strut (v.), or a cognate word in Old Norse or Low German (cf. Low German strutt "rigid"); ultimately from Proto-Germanic *strutoz-, from root *strut- (see strut (v.)).

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