1 [struht]
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.

before 1000; Middle English strouten to protrude stiffly, swell, bluster, Old English strūtian to struggle, derivative of *strūt (whence Middle English strut strife)

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. Unabridged


2 [struht]
any of various structural members, as in trusses, primarily intended to resist longitudinal compression. See diags. under king post, queen post.
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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strut (strʌt)
vb , struts, strutting, strutted
1.  (intr) to walk in a pompous manner; swagger
2.  (tr) to support or provide with struts
3.  informal strut one's stuff to behave or perform in a proud and confident manner; show off
4.  a structural member used mainly in compression, esp as part of a framework
5.  an affected, proud, or stiff walk
[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 & History

"walk in a vain, important manner," O.E. strutian "to stand out stiffly," from P.Gmc. *strut- (cf. Dan. strutte, Ger. strotzen "to be puffed up, be swelled," Ger. Strauß "fight"), from PIE base *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see
sterile). Originally of the air or the attitude; modern sense, focused on the walk, first recorded 1518. Cognate with O.E. 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," 1587, perhaps from strut (v.), or a cognate word in O.N. or Low Ger. (cf. Low Ger. strutt "rigid"); ultimately from P.Gmc. *strutoz-, from root *strut- (see strut (v.)).
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Example sentences
Later he let me kneel in his path, eye to camera, as he strutted into the
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.
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