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bravado Line breaks: bra|vado
Pronunciation: /brəˈvɑːdəʊ/

Definition of bravado in English:


[mass noun]
A bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate: he possesses none of the classic wheeler-dealer’s casual bravado
More example sentences
  • Swagger and arrogance is all very well but until that huge European Cup is hoisted aloft it is merely bluster and bravado.
  • Amid all the glorious fanfares and bravado there will be some frightened and anxious people.
  • He has the swagger and bravado - the coloured hair and the flash motor.
boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbuckling;
informal showing off
Australian/New Zealand informal skite


Late 16th century: from Spanish bravada, from bravo 'bold' (see brave, -ado).

Words that rhyme with bravado

aficionado, amontillado, avocado, Bardo, Barnardo, bastinado, Colorado, desperado, Dorado, eldorado, incommunicado, Leonardo, Mikado, muscovado, Prado, renegado, Ricardo, stifado
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