Definition of swank in English:

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Pronunciation: /swaŋk/
informal, chiefly British


[no object]
Display one’s wealth, knowledge, or achievements in a way that is intended to impress others: he was swanking about, playing the dashing young master spy
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  • She was the early favourite to win the competition, and she's spent the entire series swanking around like she invented dancing or something.
  • Everything was bogus, from the place cards which were love haikus, to the guy swanking round with a bottle of absinthe saying he'd been given it by Johnny so that everyone asked ‘Johnny who? allowing him to sniff ‘Depp, of course’.
  • Years ago, when in our first new home, I was proudly swanking about it and a friend said: ‘How lovely for you both’ and ‘Have you got wall-to-wall carpeting?’


[mass noun]
Behaviour, talk, or display intended to impress others: a little money will buy you a good deal of swank
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  • At a stroke, Glasgow's got-it, flaunt-it streets of swank are going to look decidedly 10 minutes ago as hordes of Glaswegian fashion victims board the train to Waverley station for the hottest retail style experience around.
  • Here pomp and swank are so remote that you secretly wish for a larger, more elegant lounge.
  • We are also setting up an online store for bands to sell their band swank.


North American term for swanky. they were photographed coming out of some swank nightspot
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  • To mark the occasion, Room 18, the swank nightclub where Chozie rules the booth as resident DJ, is throwing a Christmas Eve album pre-release party.
  • The swank apartments, fine restaurants, and posh hotel suites in which the stars spend all their time represent solid luxury rather than obvious Hollywood make-believe.
  • He was the creative force behind Opium Den, one of the city's pioneering swank saloons, and Plush, atop the Core Pacific Living Mall.


Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with swank

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