braggadocio


brag·ga·do·cio

noun \ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō, -shē-, -chē-, -(ˌ)shō, -(ˌ)chō\

: the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave

plural brag·ga·do·cios

Full Definition of BRAGGADOCIO

1
:  braggart
2
a :  empty boasting
b :  arrogant pretension :  cockiness

Examples of BRAGGADOCIO

  1. a loudmouthed braggart who hid his cowardice with braggadocio
  2. <his braggadocio hid the fact that he felt personally inadequate>

Origin of BRAGGADOCIO

Braggadochio, personification of boasting in Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
First Known Use: 1594

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