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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Once in a while, Drake likes to get deep into his braggadocio pocket. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "The 15 Greatest Drake-Isms That Have Shaped Pop Culture, Ranked," 11 Apr. 2018 Yiannopoulos openly concedes that his desperate financial situation — and that’s what this is, braggadocio aside — is the result of the concerted campaign against him by his opponents. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Milo Yiannopoulos’s collapse shows that no-platforming can work," 5 Dec. 2018 Sensitivity and seduction replaced machismo and braggadocio. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Barry White’s Music of Love," 11 Oct. 2018 Some companies are brushing off the import tax with characteristic tech-bubble braggadocio. Alex Orlando, The Verge, "Trump’s trade war is coming for cheap scooters and the startups that love them," 17 Aug. 2018 Her self-effacing demeanor -- still sweet, still barely audible -- defies even a hint of braggadocio, in spite of the achievements that have earned her the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs): No. David Ritz, Billboard, "Janet Jackson Goes Deep on Her Early Challenges, Upcoming Music & the Joy of Motherhood," 17 May 2018 Decades before the braggadocio of boxers like Ali and Joe Frazier became commonplace, Johnson lived a flamboyant lifestyle with an outsized personality to boot — at a time when blacks in America were treated like second-class citizens. Nick Powell, San Antonio Express-News, "Galveston native Jack Johnson gets long-awaited presidential pardon," 25 May 2018 Understandably, he would be roundly roasted for his braggadocio. Dale Robertson Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "A dose of perspective on Patrick Reed’s style of play and persona," 11 June 2018 Texans and Californians — two states famous for their braggadocio — ranked themselves at 21 and 22 percent, with Virginia at 41 percent. William Wan,, "America is a nation of narcissists, according to two new studies," 3 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'braggadocio.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for braggadocio



English Language Learners Definition of braggadocio

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

More from Merriam-Webster on braggadocio

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with braggadocio

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for braggadocio

Comments on braggadocio

What made you want to look up braggadocio? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


using a distributed computer network

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!