brag·​ga·​do·​cio | \ ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō How to pronounce braggadocio (audio) , -shē-, -chē-, -(ˌ)shō, -(ˌ)chō \
plural braggadocios

Definition of braggadocio

1a : empty boasting
b : arrogant pretension : cockiness the air of swaggering braggadocio that all important men are expected to show in fighting— C. W. M. Hart
2 : braggart

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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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First Known Use of braggadocio

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for braggadocio

Braggadochio, personification of boasting in Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

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“Braggadocio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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