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



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


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 struttingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence


the strut of a supermodel

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While on tour in Poland, the entertainer wore a gold tinsel head covering and strutted down her hotel hallway with full force. Vogue, "The 17 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo Wears Overalls, Erykah Badu Struts, and More," 30 Mar. 2019 During Carnival, in February, some of those streets shut down so revelers can walk easily together, strutting through the city in colorful attire: wigs, bright plastic glasses and face paint. New York Times, "‘I Have to Be Open’," 24 June 2018 However, not being one to ever want to show weakness in his arena, Brown briskly leapt to his feet before strutting away from the scene of the crime while verbally goading supporters and flexing his muscles., "PHOTO: Scott Brown Lives Up to 'Hard Man' Tag During Celtic's Win Over Aberdeen," 26 Feb. 2018 After the Valentino show, Michelle Elie and Shala Monroque strutted through our feed in royal swan-like, fashion both wearing feather-light black gowns by the Italian house. Vogue, "The 19 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Cardi B, Rick Owens, and More," 9 Mar. 2019 Kendall Jenner struts around the nude-color themed warehouse space at 525 Studio in West Chelsea, clad in a bronze satin blazer dress from Alexander Arutyunov. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Found a Pair of Shoes She Can Wear "700 Times"—And Now You Can Shop It," 14 Feb. 2019 On last night's episode, the Rabbit, the Alien, the Lion, and the Unicorn, strutted their stuff in hopes of making it through another week. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Tori Spelling Shared an Emotional Childhood Story During Her 'Masked Singer' Reveal," 31 Jan. 2019 After a few hours of shooting, Kali struts out of a conference room in her final look, a pink Jeremy Scott neoprene skirt set and sky high Miu Miu heels., "Meet Kali Uchis, One Of 2018’s Buzziest Artists," 7 June 2018 The Nigerian megatropolis is home to one of Africa’s most vibrant party scenes, one where the best dressed peacocks in town strut their stuff to the wildly popular sound of afrobeats. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Maki Oh Has the Antidote to Sleazy Silk Shirts, Straight From Lagos, Nigeria," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cutler designed the space to be convertible with two murphy-style bunk beds that fold up on traction struts and a desk that hides away. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Architect’s tiny studio doubles as a hangout for his daughter," 20 July 2018 City has always been the Manchester club consumed with self-doubt, and United the one with the peacock strut and the frontman swagger, whatever the weather. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Paul Pogba and Manchester United Spoil City’s Championship Party," 7 Apr. 2018 One user compared it to this cat in a tutu, and another speculated that perhaps the performer took inspiration from one of Rihanna's signature struts. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Jungkook Strutting Down a Runway Is Now a Hilarious Meme," 17 Dec. 2018 This latest tariff proposal would target more than hundred car parts, including everything from struts and gearboxes to windshield glass and brake pads. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "The Many Ways Trump’s Trade Disputes Are Affecting the Auto Industry," 19 July 2018 The struts add rigidity to the frame and help prevent swaying and wobbling. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 23 Jan. 2019 Memorable thanks to her confident stride and final twirl, the strut caught the attention of supermodel Tyra Banks, who retweeted the clip and added some America’s Next Top Model–esque commentary. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Even Supermodels Were Impressed by Catriona Gray’s “Lava Walk”," 17 Dec. 2018 Attendees got strut through the halls of Baxter only to have the lockers blast open. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman House Was a Spooky Adventure Fit for Instagram," 26 Oct. 2018 Our patient was eventually admitted to the hospital so that an interventional radiologist could remove the strut found stuck in the blood vessels of her lung., "Medical mystery: An unexpected - and ironic - cause of chest pain," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The iconic designer is characterized as being as vain and belligerent as the peacocks that strutted around his property. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 The trailer is mostly composed of shots of Jennifer strutting around her school hallway; in trailers and interviews, the publicity team hyped up the idea that Fox and Seyfried were going to kiss. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Jennifer’s Body went from a flop in 2009 to a feminist cult classic today," 31 Oct. 2018 At midnight, when Diana Ross, spectacular in a silver halter jumpsuit and mountainous hair, strutted to the microphone, the room rose to a roar. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 International supermodel Kaia Gerber took a break from strutting the worldwide catwalks to appear on the October cover of Vogue Paris wearing not one, but two inspirational beauty looks at the same time. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Wore Two Makeup Looks at Once on Her “Vogue Paris” Cover," 18 Sep. 2018 On last night's episode, the Rabbit, the Alien, the Lion, and the Unicorn, strutted their stuff in hopes of making it through another week. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Tori Spelling Shared an Emotional Childhood Story During Her 'Masked Singer' Reveal," 31 Jan. 2019 Among others, in attendance were top models such as Kendall Jenner, Elsa Hosk, Sara Sampaio, and Adriana Lima (who strutted down the catwalk for her final walk). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Her Victoria’s Secret Runway Makeup to the Streets Like a Pro," 9 Nov. 2018 Dracula’s father struts about in a swimsuit, revealing a potbelly and knobby knees. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 There was a light-up forest, there was a string orchestra and, most of all, there was Andrea Bocelli singing Mascagni from a balcony as the models strutted below. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "18 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Performances You Probably Forgot About," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of strut

Verb (1)

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


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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strung out

strung up






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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


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

Kids Definition of strut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk in a confident and proud way



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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