Share this entry

Share this page

bravado

Line breaks: bra|vado
Pronunciation: /brəˈvɑːdəʊ
 
/

Definition of bravado in English:

noun

[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.
Synonyms
machismo;
informal showing off
Australian/New Zealand informal skite

Origin

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

Definition of bravado in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure