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swank

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of swank

  • : to behave in a way that is intended to impress people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swank

  1. :  show off, swagger; also :  boast 1

Examples of swank in a sentence

  1. rich people swanking around in their expensive cars



Origin and Etymology of swank

perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken to sway; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple


First Known Use: 1708


2

swank

play
adjective \ˈswaŋk\

Definition of swank

Scottish

  1. :  full of life or energy :  active



Origin and Etymology of swank

Middle Low German or Middle Dutch swanc supple; akin to Old High German swingan to swing


First Known Use: 1773


3

swank

adjective \ˈswaŋ-kē\

Definition of swank

swanker

or

swankier

swankiest

  1. 1 :  characterized by showy display :  ostentatious <a swank limousine>

  2. 2 :  fashionably elegant :  smart <a swank restaurant>

swankily

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

swankiness

play \-kē-nəs\ noun


Circa 1842

First Known Use of swank

circa 1842

Variants of swank

or

swanky

play \ˈswaŋ-kē\

4

swank

noun

Definition of swank

  1. 1 :  arrogance or ostentation of dress or manner :  pretentiousness, swagger

  2. 2 :  elegance, fashionableness



Examples of swank in a sentence

  1. <service that is the essence of swank: the waiters pull out your chair for you and even place your napkin on your lap>



Circa 1854

First Known Use of swank

circa 1854



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