verb \ˈswa-gər\

: to walk in a very confident way : to walk with a swagger

swag·geredswag·ger·ing \-g(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SWAGGER

intransitive verb
:  to conduct oneself in an arrogant or superciliously pompous manner; especially :  to walk with an air of overbearing self-confidence
:  boast, brag
transitive verb
:  to force by argument or threat :  bully
swag·ger·er \-gər-ər\ noun
swag·ger·ing·ly \-g(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SWAGGER

  1. <I, too, would swagger if I'd won first place in the bowling tournament.>
  2. <hoping to impress the women at the bar, the young man confidently swaggered across the room>
  3. He copped a plea, ratted out a dozen no-neck pals and swaggered off to prison, leaving South Beach temporarily without a pied piper. —Carl Hiaasen, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009

Origin of SWAGGER

probably from 1swag + -er (as in chatter)
First Known Use: circa 1596


noun \ˈswa-gər\

: a way of walking or behaving that shows you have a lot of confidence

Full Definition of SWAGGER

a :  an arrogantly self-confident way of walking :  an act or instance of swaggering
b :  arrogant or conceitedly self-assured behavior
c :  ostentatious display or bravado
:  a self-confident outlook :  cockiness

Examples of SWAGGER

  1. He has a swagger that annoys some of his teammates.
  2. He limps with a noticeable swagger, flamboyantly waving his cane, semi-ironically mimicking the rap stars who are now his peers. —Matt Diehl, Spin, September 2008

Origin of SWAGGER

(see 1swagger)
First Known Use: 1725

Rhymes with SWAGGER


adjective \ˈswa-gər\

Definition of SWAGGER

:  marked by elegance or showiness :  posh

Origin of SWAGGER

(see 1swagger)
First Known Use: 1879


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