- 1A rod or bar forming part of a framework and designed to resist compression: a supporting strut a spindly framework of long, slender struts, girders, and bracing wireMore example sentences
- The struts of the high girders, which plunge down from the top like the tracks of a rollercoaster, are not absolutely straight.
- Without adding much weight to a structure, struts allow it to resist bending and buckling.
- Each wheel was carried in a fork formed by a pair of hydraulic shock absorber struts.
- 2 [in singular] A stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait: that old confident strut and swagger has returnedMore example sentences
- Juan has that arrogant and elegant strut about him when he plays which all world-class players have.
- True, Townsend's famous leaps across stage are more of a strut after 35 years, but the old windmill chords are still there.
- He restored the city's confidence in local government, and this put a strut in the city's step.
verb (struts, strutting, strutted)Back to top
- 1 [no object, with adverbial] Walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait: peacocks strut through the grounds she strutted down the catwalkMore example sentences
- Another guy walked in, strutting towards the group.
- Jaelyn whispered in Brooke's ear as Hugh walked, no, strutted into the room.
- Russ waddled in a feeble stride as the daughter strutted with a youthful arrogance.
strut one's stuff
- • informal Dance or behave in a confident and expressive way: tonight you’ll be strutting your funky stuff on the dance floor next season he’ll be strutting his stuff in EuropeMore example sentences
- In 1985, aged 20, she met her future husband while strutting her stuff on the dance floor and they were married four years later.
- Elsewhere the Bratton School Dance Club strutted their stuff with Olympic and English numbers.
- Rap music reigned in the background, and others were on the dance floor, strutting their stuff.
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- Indeed, Harris is as much a stubborn-headed strutter as his hired front men.
- Loewer was the club's projected No.3 strutter before missing the 2000 season with a broken leg and then shoulder surgery.
- He was a singular strutter, the genuine article, a centre who could create on the hoof and who didn't play by numbers.
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- Slowly and struttingly did the man of two virtues perform the whole pilgrimage of Oxford-street.
- Yet she finds that there, too, she is manipulated and marginalised by struttingly self-important men and their simpering handmaidens.
- Then he suddenly becomes struttingly self-confident, only to crumple when he finally faces Macduff in battle and learns the truth.
Old English strūtian 'protrude stiffly', of Germanic origin. Current senses date from the late 16th century.