Definition of bravado in English:


Line breaks: bra|vado
Pronunciation: /brəˈvɑːdəʊ


[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; machismo; boasting, boastfulness, bragging, bombast
informal showing off
Australian/New Zealand informal skite


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

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