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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 of swagger
1580-1590
1580-90; swag1 + -er6
Related forms
swaggerer, noun
outswagger, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See strut1 .
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  • But if they kept a life, and swaggered; I (God be thanked) am not bound to imitate them.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • Bill McCandless leaped from the saddle and swaggered to the corral bars.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • Yet he feared to meet her eyes, and was glad of a saluting sepoy who swaggered jauntily past the open gate.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • He swaggered a little over the letter and told the family he had to, it was such luck.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I had swaggered, boasted, had taken a challenge for a bout and a quarrel like any hanger-on of a tavern.

  • He paused and swaggered a little on the precarious support of his cracker box.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • Each company was headed by a piper who swung and swaggered, blowing deep into the lungs of his instrument.

    The Relief of Mafeking Filson Young
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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