walking or moving with a strut; walking pompously; pompous.

1350–1400; Middle English; see strut1, -ing2

struttingly, adverb 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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