Definition of swagger in English:


Line breaks: swag|ger
Pronunciation: /ˈswagə


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
  • Walk or behave in a very confident and arrogant or self-important 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.
    strut, parade, stride, roll, prance; walk confidently, walk arrogantly
    North American informal sashay
    archaic swash
    boast, brag, bray, bluster, crow, gloat, parade, strut, posture, pose, blow one's own trumpet, lord it
    informal show off, swank, play to the gallery
    literary rodomontade


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  • 1 [attributive] Denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.
  • 2British informal , • dated Smart or fashionable: I’ll take you somewhere swagger
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    • No hint of eighteenth-century neo-Palladian swagger or its kitsch modern imitations.



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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.


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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.


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

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