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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sloppy braggadocio and serial promises of restraint can trigger wars, too. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How to Start a War," 15 Apr. 2021 DeSantis likes to gloat about the tourism boom in South Florida, but his braggadocio should make the skin crawl in other states. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: No, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ record on COVID-19 isn’t a success," 19 Mar. 2021 At the Stork Club, columnist Walter Winchell is impressed enough with him to offer a writing job, but Salinger wants none of his braggadocio or his jibes against his idol, Ernest Hemingway, who’s sitting right beside him. Washington Post, "By the end of 2020, we were supposed to have more J.D. Salinger. Instead we have ‘Sergeant Salinger.’," 31 Dec. 2020 Critics have argued that CEOs are not economists and are sometimes prone to chest-thumping braggadocio, making their emails, and other communications, better for wowing juries than making an economic argument. Rebecca Haw Allensworth, Quartz, "As regulators close in, Zuck’s long email trail poses an existential threat to Facebook," 23 Dec. 2020 Critics have argued that CEOs are not economists and are sometimes prone to chest-thumping braggadocio, making their emails and other communications better for wowing juries than making an economic argument. Rebecca Haw Allensworth, The Conversation, "Why Facebook antitrust case relies so heavily on Mark Zuckerberg’s emails," 18 Dec. 2020 Wang’s voice is conversational, peppered with cussing, a bit of braggadocio and bluntness about the realities (unclogging grease traps; the basement apartment his family shared) of the restaurant industry and his immigrant experience. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Books About Food of 2020," 25 Nov. 2020 With typical braggadocio, Mr. Trump claimed his tax cuts were the largest in history—which, as a share of gross domestic product, was nowhere close to the truth. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "The Trump ‘Jobs Boom’ Is a Convenient Myth," 21 Oct. 2020 That sense of braggadocio and one-upmanship pulses faintly through the film, but is weighed down by an odd need to seem serious, too. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Chris Hemsworth-starring ‘Extraction’: Come for the action, stay for the … nah, that’s it," 23 Apr. 2020

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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 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of braggadocio

literary : the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave

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