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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)
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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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  • Seeing my fury, Natalia departed, while I continued to strut about and plan how to punish the bold woman for her offence.

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • The strut that holds the propeller-shaft is shown in Fig. 91 .

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Also one Oliver P. Applerod added two full inches to his strut.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • A strut joint is a form of miter joint used in making trusses.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Thus was the game kept up until the chief Ongoloo began to strut his little hour upon the stage of time.

    The Madman and the Pirate R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for strut


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 strut

"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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