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verb swag·ger \ˈswa-gər\

Simple Definition of swagger

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

Full Definition of swagger

swag·geredswag·ger·ing play \-g(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to conduct oneself in an arrogant or superciliously pompous manner; especially :  to walk with an air of overbearing self-confidence

  3. 2 :  boast, brag

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to force by argument or threat :  bully

swag·ger·er play \-gər-ər\ noun
swag·ger·ing·ly play \-g(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of swagger

  1. 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

  2. So it is a fight rather than an argument, really—a fight over complexity versus ease, a fight that mostly mimics gang war, which is not so much a vigorous instance of manly bloodletting (though it is that too) as a dustup over prestige: who has the prior right to swagger in public. —Cynthia Ozick, Harper's, April 2007

  3. Sometimes he sauntered through the streets of the old town. He looked with awe at the students of the corps, their cheeks gashed and red, who swaggered about in their coloured caps. —W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, 1915

  4. <I, too, would swagger if I'd won first place in the bowling tournament.>

  5. <hoping to impress the women at the bar, the young man confidently swaggered across the room>

Origin of swagger

probably from 1swag + -er (as in chatter)

First Known Use: circa 1596



noun swag·ger \ˈswa-gər\

Simple Definition of swagger

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

Full Definition of swagger

  1. 1a :  an arrogantly self-confident way of walking :  an act or instance of swaggering b :  arrogant or conceitedly self-assured behaviorc :  ostentatious display or bravado

  2. 2 :  a self-confident outlook :  cockiness

Examples of swagger

  1. 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

  2. He greeted me with the swagger he's learned since he became a fighter pilot, smiling, his blue eyes glowing. —Matthew Klam, Harper's, February 1999

  3. What a hero Tom was become, now! He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him. —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876

  4. He has a swagger that annoys some of his teammates.

Origin of swagger

(see 1swagger)

First Known Use: 1725



adjective swag·ger \ˈswa-gər\

Definition of swagger

  1. :  marked by elegance or showiness :  posh

Origin of swagger

(see 1swagger)

First Known Use: 1879

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