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swagger

[swag-er] /ˈswæg ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.
2.
to boast or brag noisily.
verb (used with object)
3.
to bring, drive, force, etc., by blustering.
noun
4.
swaggering manner, conduct, or walk; ostentatious display of arrogance and conceit.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; swag1 + -er6
Related forms
swaggerer, noun
outswagger, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See strut1 .
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  • Middle-aged slatterns were transfigured, their cares seemingly forgotten, as they swaggered seductively on to the floor.
  • Now it has swaggered into a new line of business: real estate.
  • Smugglers and arms dealers swaggered through the hotel lobbies.
  • He talked rather recklessly to his brother-poet, and probably swaggered considerably on his reputation.
British Dictionary definitions for swaggered

swagger1

/ˈswæɡə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
2.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to brag loudly
3.
(transitive) (rare) to force, influence, etc, by blustering
noun
4.
arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
adjective
5.
(Brit, informal, rare) elegantly fashionable
Derived Forms
swaggerer, noun
swaggering, adjective
swaggeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from swag

swagger2

/ˈswæɡə/
noun
1.
other names for swagman
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Word Origin and History for swaggered

swagger

v.

1590, first recorded in Shakespeare ("Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably a frequentative form of swag (v.). Related: Swaggered; swaggering. The noun is attested from 1725.

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