bravado


bra·va·do

noun \brə-ˈvä-(ˌ)dō\

: confident or brave talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people

plural bra·va·does or bra·va·dos

Full Definition of BRAVADO

1
a :  blustering swaggering conduct
b :  a pretense of bravery
2
:  the quality or state of being foolhardy

Examples of BRAVADO

  1. His stories are always told with bravado.
  2. I remember his youthful bravado.

Origin of BRAVADO

Middle French bravade & Old Spanish bravata, from Old Italian bravata, from bravare to challenge, show off, from bravo
First Known Use: circa 1580

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