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[bruh-vah-doh] /brəˈvɑ doʊ/
noun, plural bravadoes, bravados.
a pretentious, swaggering display of courage.
Origin of bravado
1575-85; < Spanish bravada (now bravata < It), equivalent to brav(o) brave + -ada -ade1
Related forms
overbravado, noun
Can be confused
bravery, bravado, bravura.
brag, bluster, bombast, braggadocio. See courage. Unabridged
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  • I used that bravado stunt, and though its all right nowyet it made him a lot of bother.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • He was afraid of this strange young man who seemed so daring and yet had an effect of bravado rather than guilt.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • The last fragment of self-respect, of bravado even, was in tatters.

  • Men will carry off curiosity with various kinds of laughter and bravado, just as they will carry off drunkenness or bankruptcy.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for bravado


noun (pl) -does, -dos
vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave
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Word Origin and History for bravado

1580s, from French bravade "bragging, boasting," from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting" (16c.), from bravare "brag, boast, be defiant," from bravo (see brave (adj.)). The English word was influenced in form by Spanish words ending in -ado.

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