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 struttingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence

Noun the strut of a supermodel
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But if watching Bella and Gigi Hadid (both going completely au naturale) strut down the runway in near-matching linen midi dresses wasn’t enough to get the Internet riled up, the collection also introduced a sustainability aspect. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Prepare To See Jacquemus’ Latest Collection All Over Instagram," 21 Jan. 2020 Record magical memories in a photo booth and strut your stuff to compete in a costume contest. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "17 fun things to do the week of Jan. 3-9 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Jan. 2020 Kohl’s has no department stores in Manhattan — the closest is across the Hudson River in Jersey City — but the retailer sees value in strutting its stuff in the Big Apple for the holiday shopping season. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's will seek social media buzz for holiday shopping season at Manhattan pop-up shop," 29 Oct. 2019 Jordan’s angry, studly strutting was the only captivating part of Black Panther, and his youthful appeal is misunderstood once again by the makers of Just Mercy when Jordan is cast as virtuous Harvard grad and social activist Bryan Stevenson. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 2020 That band welcomed the electric instruments and strutting rhythms of a younger generation into its own distinctive style, which hopscotched between straight-ahead jazz and soulful fusion. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Jimmy Heath, 93, Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Is Dead," 19 Jan. 2020 The entire ensemble makes good on the promise of an immersive experience, strutting out into the audience, often executing complicated dance moves only inches away from audience members. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Rock of Ages in Hollywood makes dinner theater sexy again: Review," 16 Jan. 2020 At school, a young African-American learns to strut, dance the Harlem shake, spin a basketball on his finger, grab his crotch and overcome a bully. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Inlet Dance’s “Black Card Project” critiques identity at an “Academy for Absolute Blackness!”," 9 Jan. 2020 Porter’s big scene — when his character, Barrett, is dismissed over lunch — has all the groundwork for a guffaw but merely goes so far as seeing him strut dramatically out of the restaurant. Garrett Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, "The laughs are recycled in lifeless ‘Like a Boss’," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last weekend, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was named Miss Universe after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts and answering questions about social issues. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Miss Jamaica crowned 2019 Miss World," 14 Dec. 2019 But the model, 24, quickly shut down the critics and defended her strut. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "British Model Demi Rose Defends Herself After Haters Make Fun of Her Runway Walk," 14 Nov. 2019 Eventually, with aching slowness, yet tirelessly, steadily, the roots are coaxed to entwine, to form the struts and supports for living footbridges that can hold up to 50 people at a time. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 Sure, our shower concerts won't benefit from the lighting that comes out of the soles or their secret powers, but our daily strut can make use of their extra boost. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Where to Buy Taylor Swift's Party Shoes from Miss Americana on Netflix," 31 Jan. 2020 At the helm: The Telluride’s MacPherson strut front suspension and hydraulically assisted power steering give it a familiar carlike handle, light and direct, with confident line-tracing at highway speeds, not too busy—more minivan than SUV. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Kia Telluride: A Peaceful Ride Even With a Car Full of Kids," 17 Jan. 2020 Jay Pharoah offered a reasonable facsimile of J.J. Evans, from his strut to his pterodactyl-like arm positioning. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Marisa Tomei's Edith shines in ABC's latest Jimmy Kimmel-Norman Lear '70s sitcom presentation," 19 Dec. 2019 Later, a retired general and former member of Congress, now working for a defense contractor, lugged in some sort of metal strut in a canvas bag, trying to sell the congressman on its military applications. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Duncan Hunter Did Something Right," 6 Dec. 2019 Car care checks include free inspections on alignment, battery, brakes, shocks, struts, tires and wiper blades for military and first responders. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are more than 150 Veterans Day deals for the Nov. 11 holiday," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Relic became the first Azawakh to strut the Garden floor. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 Relic became the first Azawakh to strut the Garden floor. Jake Seiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Happy meal: Poodle stops for fast food, wins at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2020 Awards show red carpet coverage is often where stars say unexpected things, and the Grammys red carpet is known for giving musicians the opportunity to strut their style. oregonlive, "2020 Grammy Awards red carpet: How to watch the coverage online without cable," 25 Jan. 2020 Your future self gets to strut its superior self-discipline and commit now to an automatic increase tied to an event down the road. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A Stanford behavioral strategist on three opportune moments to save money," 22 Jan. 2020 But if watching Bella and Gigi Hadid (both going completely au naturale) strut down the runway in near-matching linen midi dresses wasn’t enough to get the Internet riled up, the collection also introduced a sustainability aspect. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Prepare To See Jacquemus’ Latest Collection All Over Instagram," 21 Jan. 2020 And the 49ers’ next opponent, the Browns, who will visit Monday night, can serve as an example of what can happen when a longtime doormat begins to strut prematurely. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers enjoying view from top after years spent ‘beneath the bottom’," 2 Oct. 2019 Fenty X Savage Fall/Winter 2019 can be seen on Amazon with buzzy supermodels like Joan Smalls, Alek Wek, and Slick Woods strutting down the runway in their Fenty pieces. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop The New Fall/Winter 2019 Fenty x Savage Collection," 20 Sep. 2019 Jordan’s angry, studly strutting was the only captivating part of Black Panther, and his youthful appeal is misunderstood once again by the makers of Just Mercy when Jordan is cast as virtuous Harvard grad and social activist Bryan Stevenson. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 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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The first known use of strut was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strut. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for strut

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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