1570s, from Fr. bragard
(16c.), with pejorative ending (see -ard
) + M.Fr. braguer
"to flaunt, brag," perhaps originally "to show off clothes, especially breeches," from brague
"breeches" (see bracket
). There may be an element of codpiece-flaunting in all this. The word in English at least has been influenced by brag
, even if, as some claim, it is unrelated to it.