brag·​ga·​do·​cio ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō How to pronounce braggadocio (audio)
plural braggadocios
: empty boasting
: arrogant pretension : cockiness
the air of swaggering braggadocio that all important men are expected to show in fightingC. W. M. Hart

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Though Braggadocio is not as well-known as other fictional characters like Pollyanna, the Grinch, or Scrooge, in lexicography he holds a special place next to them as one of the many characters whose name has become an established word in English. The English poet Edmund Spenser originally created Braggadocio as a personification of boasting in his epic poem The Faerie Queene. As early as 1594, about four years after the poem was published, English speakers began using the name as a general term for any blustering blowhard.

Examples of braggadocio in a Sentence

a loudmouthed braggart who hid his cowardice with braggadocio his braggadocio hid the fact that he felt personally inadequate
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Word History


Braggadochio, personification of boasting in Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of braggadocio was in 1594

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“Braggadocio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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brag·​ga·​do·​cio ˌbrag-ə-ˈdō-shē-ˌō How to pronounce braggadocio (audio)
plural braggadocios
: loud and empty boasting

from Braggadochio, a boasting character in literature

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