swankest

swank

1 [swangk]
noun
1.
dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
2.
a swagger.
adjective, swanker, swankest.
3.
stylish or elegant.
4.
pretentiously stylish.
verb (used without object)
5.
to swagger in behavior; show off.

Origin:
1800–10; compare Scots swank lively, perhaps ultimately representing back formation from Old English swancor lithe; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple, Middle High German swanken to sway

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swank (swæŋk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to show off or swagger
 
n
2.  (Brit) Also called: swankpot a swaggering or conceited person
3.  chiefly (US) elegance or style, esp of a showy kind
4.  swagger; ostentation
 
adj
5.  another word (esp US) for swanky
 
[C19: perhaps from Middle High German swanken to sway; see swag]

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swank
1809, "to strut" (swanky, n., "attractive young fellow" is recorded from 1508), perhaps related to M.H.G. swanken "to sway, totter," and O.H.G. swingan "to swing." Said to have been a Midlands and southwestern England dialectal word. The noun meaning "ostentatious behavior" is recorded from 1854; adj.
sense of "stylish, classy, posh" is from 1913. Swanky is attested from 1842.
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