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Saturday, October 06, 2001

braggadocio

\brag-uh-DOH-see-oh; -shee-oh; -shoh\ , noun;
1.
A braggart.
2.
Empty boasting.
3.
A swaggering, cocky manner.
Quotes:
. . .all charm and "aw shucks" humility one moment, full of braggadocio the next.
-- David S. Broder, "An Opportunity Missed", Washington Post, January 26, 1995
David was charming, offsetting his usual braggadocio with vulnerability.
-- Tom King, The Operator
She came storming out of east Texas like a whirlwind, a raw-boned tomboy with more than enough braggadocio to go with her matchless athleticism, commanding Olympian headlines in 1932 and holding the spotlight as the world's greatest female golfer for 25 years.
-- Shav Glick, "Babe in the Woods", Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1999
Origin:
Braggadocio is from Braggadocchio, a boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene.
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