strut

verb (1)
\ ˈstrət How to pronounce strut (audio) \
strutted; strutting

Definition of strut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to become turgid : swell
2a : to walk with a proud gait
b : to walk with a pompous and affected air

transitive verb

: to parade (something, such as clothes) with a show of pride
strut one's stuff
: to display one's best work : show off

strut

noun

Definition of strut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a structural piece designed to resist pressure in the direction of its length
2 : a pompous step or walk
3 : arrogant behavior : swagger

strut

verb (2)
strutted; strutting

Definition of strut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to provide, stiffen, support, or hold apart with or as if with a strut

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Other Words from strut

Verb (1)

strutter noun
struttingly \ ˈstrə-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce strut (audio) \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence

Noun the strut of a supermodel
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some young advocates strut around in gowns inherited from family members or mentors. Shan Li, WSJ, "Pandemic Revives Old Courtroom Argument: To Robe, or Not to Robe?," 17 Mar. 2021 As Lithgow’s Churchill towered over those around him as the living embodiment of Britain’s finest hour, Berry’s chaotic Johnson would strut in unannounced because the world is simply laughing too hard to stop him. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, "Only Matt Berry Can Play Boris Johnson on The Crown," 10 Mar. 2021 Like a staff sergeant in overalls, Devin Monaco oversees one of the oldest, most colorful squads to ever strut their stuff at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Fort Sam Houston's famed Quadrangle peacocks a tradition still strutting after 120 years at the San Antonio Army post," 10 Mar. 2021 That’s when the electrons strut their stuff, providing this green machine with the punch to make short work of your need for speed. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "For 2021, Toyota’s second-fastest car is a hybrid crossover SUV (review)," 27 Feb. 2021 The former president's lackeys still strut around Congress, and the shadow of the 2022 election cycle looms. David L. Ulin, Star Tribune, "I've contracted a severe case of post-Trump derangement syndrome," 11 Feb. 2021 After all, who better to strut around in those jaw-dropping medieval Balenciaga boots than the woman who sang, ‘Confident’? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "When Demi Met Demna: A Match Made in Heaven," 31 Jan. 2021 On a recent day at home, Molte sat in his living room, the walls of which Yassin, a flamboyant kid who loved to dress up and strut about, had half-finished decorating with stickers, stars and butterflies. Washington Post, "Police killed at least 20 Kenyans while enforcing coronavirus rules. Hopes for justice are fading.," 20 Dec. 2020 This is the girl who's been hiding and needs to work the stage and strut all over and do hand movements. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Seahorse Talks Swimming Off 'Masked Singer,' Taking Home Some Mementos," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Gobbstopper combo consists of a jake decoy in quarter strut and a submissive hen decoy in breeding position. Outdoor Life, "The Best Turkey Decoys To Help Fill Your Tag," 11 Mar. 2021 Flocks of longbeards in full strut dotted the creek bottom and the surrounding pasture. Josh Dahlke, Outdoor Life, "The Best States to Hunt Early Season Turkeys," 4 Mar. 2021 The first fixture, on the P6/2B solar array mast canister, went together relatively smoothly but the astronauts had problems completely tightening a bolt holding a strut to the structure. William Harwood, CBS News, "Spacewalkers begin space station power system upgrade," 28 Feb. 2021 Shifting the focus from voice work to footwork, 10 celebrities disguised in elaborate costumes will spin, strut and leap as four famous panelists try to guess their identities. Editors, USA TODAY, "Nashville explosion, unemployment benefits, Kwanzaa: 5 things to know this weekend," 26 Dec. 2020 The unibody underpinnings and strut-type front suspension make this seemingly building-sized, high-roof van feel much smaller than its proportions, with crisp turn-in and a compliant chassis. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Transit 350 Continues to Outpace Its Rivals," 4 Dec. 2020 His followers are completely enamored with his catwalk strut, specifically. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "TikTok Is Obsessed With This Model’s Runway Walk," 6 Dec. 2020 His lover, Enid Evans, tied a mauve ribbon to the strut of his airplane, as an amulet. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "A Pilot’s Son Takes Flight," 17 Oct. 2020 Allen, 35, laughs at the idea of living with the pretension and star-strut of a TV singing competition champion, something that has never fit the soulful kid from Jacksonville. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, "Kristopher Neil Allen," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Passive birds that strut just beyond the hen are still easy pickings for a crossbow. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Top Turkey Hunting Tactics to Try This Spring," 22 Mar. 2021 Like a staff sergeant in overalls, Devin Monaco oversees one of the oldest, most colorful squads to ever strut their stuff at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Fort Sam Houston's famed Quadrangle peacocks a tradition still strutting after 120 years at the San Antonio Army post," 10 Mar. 2021 Some young advocates strut around in gowns inherited from family members or mentors. Shan Li, WSJ, "Pandemic Revives Old Courtroom Argument: To Robe, or Not to Robe?," 17 Mar. 2021 As Lithgow’s Churchill towered over those around him as the living embodiment of Britain’s finest hour, Berry’s chaotic Johnson would strut in unannounced because the world is simply laughing too hard to stop him. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, "Only Matt Berry Can Play Boris Johnson on The Crown," 10 Mar. 2021 That’s when the electrons strut their stuff, providing this green machine with the punch to make short work of your need for speed. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "For 2021, Toyota’s second-fastest car is a hybrid crossover SUV (review)," 27 Feb. 2021 The former president's lackeys still strut around Congress, and the shadow of the 2022 election cycle looms. David L. Ulin, Star Tribune, "I've contracted a severe case of post-Trump derangement syndrome," 11 Feb. 2021 After all, who better to strut around in those jaw-dropping medieval Balenciaga boots than the woman who sang, ‘Confident’? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "When Demi Met Demna: A Match Made in Heaven," 31 Jan. 2021 The great conjunction of 2020 will be a chance to see the solar system as an ever-changing stage on which the planets strut their stuff. Dan Falk, Science, "In rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will nearly 'touch' on the winter solstice," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of strut

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strut

Verb (1)

Middle English strouten, from Old English strūtian to stand out stiffly, struggle; akin to Middle High German strozzen to be swollen

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“Strut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strut. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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strut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strut

: a long, thin piece of wood or metal used for support in a building, vehicle, etc.
: a proud and confident walk

strut

verb
\ ˈstrət How to pronounce strut (audio) \
strutted; strutting

Kids Definition of strut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk in a confident and proud way

strut

noun

Kids Definition of strut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stiff proud step or walk
2 : a bar or brace used to resist pressure in the direction of its length

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