Definition of swagger in English:

swagger

Syllabification: swag·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈswagər
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: he swaggered along the corridor (as adjective swaggering) a swaggering gait
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    • It's not just a question of how the president walks or swaggers or how he talks.
    • The Doctor walked - no, not walked, swaggered - over to me.
    • After a lot of tick-ticking from my bright orange watch, Tyler walked, no, swaggered over, brandishing a scrap of paper triumphantly.
    Synonyms
    strut, parade, stride; walk confidently
    informal sashay
    boast, brag, bluster, crow, gloat; strut, posture, blow one's own horn, lord it
    informal show off, swank

noun

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  • A very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner: they strolled around the camp with an exaggerated swagger
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    • After years of hard-earned success on Broadway, where audiences lapped up their chaotic, anything-goes approach, the brothers arrived in Hollywood with an arrogant swagger.
    • A goal ahead after four minutes, two up after 19, his players were coasting, and playing with the confident swagger of a team who knew it, when everything unravelled with alarming simplicity.
    • The Saints duly went marching in, although it was more of a triumphal swagger in the end, and it seemed that everyone in Paisley wanted to be in that number, which of course was one.
    Synonyms
    strut; confidence, arrogance, ostentationbluster, braggadocio, bumptiousness, vainglory
    informal swank

adjective

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  • Denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.

Derivatives

swaggerer

Pronunciation: /ˈswag(ə)rər/
noun
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  • We need a few more swaggerers like Andrew Carnegie, the Marquis of Bute, or Sir Charles Tennant, all Scots who built great industrial empires and made certain that the world knew all about it.
  • He will never give up his chewing tobacco and spittoon, according to an insider, although he is said to be a Virginia gentleman rather than a Texas swaggerer.
  • Back in 1956 Jonathan Flynn was a hard-drinking young swaggerer and self-proclaimed Next Great American Poet.

swaggeringly

Pronunciation: /ˈswag(ə)riNGlē/
adverb
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  • During imperial times, that archetypal native, John Bull, was swaggeringly sure of himself: common sense told this true-born Englishman that he was a representative of a large empire.
  • But these last two points are faults of the plays, not the production, which at its best is a breathlessly pell-mell, swaggeringly epic dose of theatre.
  • It was the schoolboy's dream, humiliating England, swaggeringly and insouciantly triumphant.

Origin

early 16th century: apparently a frequentative of the verb swag.

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