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swaggering

[swag-er-ing] /ˈswæg ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or behaving in the manner of a person who swaggers.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; swagger + -ing2
Related forms
swaggeringly, adverb
unswaggering, adjective
unswaggeringly, adverb

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
1580-90; swag1 + -er6
Related forms
swaggerer, noun
outswagger, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See strut1 .
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  • For me that explains the swaggering esprit de corps so often commented on by impressed visitors.
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  • He was younger, thinner, with much darker hair and a more eager yet less swaggering carriage than he has now.
  • swaggering forthrightness is the conventional path to selling one's story of hood respect to the streets.
  • And then their swaggering, their arrogance: a cover.
  • Four swaggering youths in flip-flops accost your correspondent and demand to know what he is doing.
  • The wisecracks and the swaggering are as unrelieved as the film's almost comically ecstatic gunplay.
  • It would have come through even more strongly without the unconvincing swaggering that dominates the story.
  • But the menace of these swaggering desert roughnecks is nonetheless creeping and cold.
  • His swaggering heartiness and vain self-regard make the movie seem more unhinged than his smitten bride.
British Dictionary definitions for swaggering

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 swaggering

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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