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

Indy Pride will be strutting its stuff this weekend with the Cadillac Barbie Indy Pride Parade and the Indy Pride Festival 2019. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indy Pride Parade and Festival," 6 June 2019 Keith strutted his stuff in a navy leopard print suit with chunky tennis shoes. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everyone Is Talking About Nicole Kidman's Racy Dress at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 2019 Award-winning cosplayer Becka Noel will be one of eight special guests strutting around Houston's Comicpalooza decked out in fantastical garb. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Cosplay character specializing in weapons, armor prepares for Houston's Comicpalooza," 9 May 2018 The stage was soon heaving with merrymakers inspired by a troupe of Hache’s ballroom community performers in leopard unitards and pink wigs strutting their inspirational moves to the beats. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Paris Opera Celebrates 350 Years With a Glittering Gala," 14 May 2019 So, when Taylor strutted on stage to a pink marching band, Beyoncé fans were not happy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Twitter is Accusing Taylor Swift of Copying Beyoncé's Homecoming Performance at the 2019 BBMAs," 2 May 2019 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 Kendall Jenner might be busy getting ready to strut her stuff down the runway at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but that didn't stop her from fully celebrating her birthday. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Bella Hadid Threw Kendall Jenner a 23rd Birthday Bash—and It Looked Amazing," 4 Nov. 2018 Anne-Marie then strutted into the stage spotlight, letting her bold vocals soar for the rest of the song. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Anne-Marie Tells It Like It Is With 'Friends' Performance on 'The Late Late Show': Watch," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Snapping her haunches side to side and crisscrossing her thighs with every step, Maldonado demonstrates a full-out, queen-of-the-catwalk strut, Naomi Campbell style. Washington Post, "On ‘Pose,’ dancing isn’t just about self-expression. It’s a survival skill for trans women.," 7 June 2019 From the initial sketch to the final red carpet strut, take a look at how a custom dress really gets made. Harper's BAZAAR, "THIS Is How a Red Carpet-Worthy Gown Gets Made," 18 Sep. 2018 The feature, known as the halo — although the correct technical term is frontal cockpit protection device — is a roll-bar structure with a single central strut, made of titanium and weighing 15.4 pounds. Ian Parkes, New York Times, "At the Australian Grand Prix, a New Era of Protecting Drivers," 22 Mar. 2018 Using hydraulic struts, its fiberglass shell opens in 30 seconds. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "The Easiest Place to Camp? On Top of Your Car," 4 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Suarez had seconds earlier strutted off the mound following his inning-ending strikeout of Tom Murphy — whose second-inning two-run homer gave the Mariners an early lead — when Ausmus climbed out of the Angels dugout. Maria Torres,, "Jose Suarez’s second start for Angels marred by inconsistent strike zone," 9 June 2019 The beauty vlogger strutted the carpet in a nipple-baring outfit, and a flawless smokey eye, of course. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "James Charles Did NOT Wear a Thong to the Met Gala, But His Look is Just As Crazy," 6 May 2019 In April, though, the newlyweds strutted through New York without a care in the world. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert and Husband Brendan McLoughlin Were Spotted on the Cutest Date," 30 Apr. 2019 At the very end of the show, rapper Rico Nasty strutted out with a should-be-legal rolled piece of paper between her fingers. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 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 Chickens strut up and down the rows, eating bugs and picking out weeds around the vines. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Beyond the falls: the delicious tastes of Niagara," 25 Apr. 2018 If yesterday’s ruling class clutched its pearls at the sight of outcasts hobnobbing in their favorite spots, today’s has become accustomed to a crew of villains who might as well have strutted straight from perp walk to Per Se. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 The stage was soon heaving with merrymakers inspired by a troupe of Hache’s ballroom community performers in leopard unitards and pink wigs strutting their inspirational moves to the beats. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Paris Opera Celebrates 350 Years With a Glittering Gala," 14 May 2019

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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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