Definition of fanfaronade
: empty boasting : bluster
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Examples of fanfaronade in a sentence
all his talk of how he would easily win the boxing match turned out to be so much fanfaronade
Did You Know?
If we tell you that fanfaronade is what fanfarons do, you'll easily guess that fanfaron means "braggart." Both "fanfaron" (a fairly uncommon word found in unabridged dictionaries) and "fanfaronade" derive from "fanfarrón," a Spanish word for a boaster that probably developed in imitation of the verbal claptrap blared by blowhards. "Fanfarrón" gave Spanish speakers fanfarronada, which the French borrowed with the spelling "fanfaronnade"; English speakers further modified the French term into "fanfaronade" in the mid-1600s. Some etymologists believe English speakers borrowed "fanfaron" directly from Spanish, but others think that word also passed through French before reaching our language. It isn't clear whether "fanfaron" and "fanfaronade" are directly related to the similar "fanfare" or if that term arose as yet another transliteration of the sound of a showy or pompous display.
Origin and Etymology of fanfaronade
French fanfaronnade, from Spanish fanfarronada, from fanfarrón braggart
First Known Use: 1652
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