swagger

[swag-er]
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:
1580–90; swag1 + -er6

swaggerer, noun
outswagger, verb (used with object)


1. See strut1.
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swagger1 (ˈswæɡə)
 
vb (often foll by about)
1.  (intr) to walk or behave in an arrogant manner
2.  to brag loudly
3.  rare (tr) to force, influence, etc, by blustering
 
n
4.  arrogant gait, conduct, or manner
 
adj
5.  informal, rare (Brit) elegantly fashionable
 
[C16: probably from swag]
 
'swaggerer1
 
n
 
'swaggering1
 
adj
 
'swaggeringly1
 
adv

swagger or swaggie2 (ˈswæɡə, ˈswæɡɪ)
 
n
other names for swagman
 
swaggie or swaggie2
 
n

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swagger
1590, first recorded in Shakespeare ("Midsummer Night's Dream," III.i.79), probably a frequentative form of swag (v.). The noun is attested from 1725.
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Example sentences
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.
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