braggadocio

[brag-uh-doh-shee-oh]
noun, plural braggadocios.
1.
empty boasting; bragging.
2.
a boasting person; braggart.

Origin:
after Braggadocchio, boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590), apparently a pseudo-Italian coinage based on brag

braggadocian, adjective
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braggadocio (ˌbræɡəˈdəʊtʃɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -os
1.  vain empty boasting
2.  a person who boasts; braggart
 
[C16: from Braggadocchio, name of a boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene; probably from braggart + Italian -occhio (augmentative suffix)]

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braggadocio
Spenser's coinage, 1590, as a name for his personification of vainglory, from brag, with augmentative ending by analogy to the Italian words then in vogue in England. In general use by 1594 for "an empty swaggerer;" of the talk of such persons, from 1734.
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