braggadocio

noun brag·ga·do·cio \ ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō , -shē- , -chē- , -(ˌ)shō , -(ˌ)chō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of braggadocio

plural braggadocios
1 a :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

Examples of braggadocio in a Sentence

  1. a loudmouthed braggart who hid his cowardice with braggadocio

  2. his braggadocio hid the fact that he felt personally inadequate

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Origin and Etymology of braggadocio

Braggadochio, personification of boasting in Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser


BRAGGADOCIO Defined for English Language Learners

braggadocio

noun

Definition of braggadocio for English Language Learners

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



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