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

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 Naturally, Travolta was given the opportunity to strut his stuff, cowboy style, on Gilley’s hardwood floor. Chris Morris, Variety, 8 May 2022 Fellingham has gathered an eclectic mix of fashion visionaries from Kentucky for a high-energy show set to strut down an elevated runway at Fourth Street Live, the Courier Journal previously reported. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 Acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians strut their stuff on and/or above an outdoor stage in the return of this annual Mother’s Day celebration. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Everyone was there to see Mary J. Blige strut the stage — coming on well after midnight. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Shedding the power-suits and slick updos of their businesswoman cosplay, the two strut back into the reunion in a burst of pink feathers and blue latex. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 Over the weekend, the beauty strut her stuff in a strapless look and an off-the-shoulder gown with her signature curly red hair as her dad was all smiles (with his signature gap-tooth grin). Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 13 Apr. 2022 Sometimes one of them will strut into the beam and become, for a moment, a part of the screen. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 In the preview clip, each queen gets a chance to strut their stuff in their favorite look while entering the workroom (and giving the other queens a show). Hattie Lindert, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Knowing a body in space, the parabolas of certain gestures, the side angles of expressions, the timbre of a wisecrack, the mood of a certain strut lend an illusion of kinship. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 With a bright pop of color and a fierce strut, Jenna Bush Hager stopped Today show fans in their tracks. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2022 Cottontail rabbits mosey in occasionally, too, and in recent years wild turkeys have showed up to scratch, dust and strut. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 This zany, cartoon-soundbite–like track somehow fits comfortably on A Couple of Good Days next to playful hip-house, crystalline piano thumpers, funky strut, and alluringly low-key disco. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2022 One bone became particularly useful as a hearing device, the hyomandibular bone, a strut that, in fish, controls the gills and gill flaps. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Johnson's first call was to the industry's top catwalk coach Miss J Alexander, who gave her masterclass and had her feeling confident in her strut. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, 24 Feb. 2022 During the launch a chunk of foam had peeled off a strut attached to the huge external fuel tank and walloped the underside of the orbiter’s left wing. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 The gas ruptured a strut connecting the booster to the external fuel tank, destroying both. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, 28 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Naturally, Travolta was given the opportunity to strut his stuff, cowboy style, on Gilley’s hardwood floor. Chris Morris, Variety, 8 May 2022 In the preview clip, each queen gets a chance to strut their stuff in their favorite look while entering the workroom (and giving the other queens a show). Hattie Lindert, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Loud — The Paradise Rock Club draws in bands that strut on the border of mainstream and indie. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 Everyone was there to see Mary J. Blige strut the stage — coming on well after midnight. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Wisely, instead of some atrocious add-on backup camera from Amazon, the seller replaced the driver's-side door strut. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 Anton Chechenko, 30, an electric engineer who works in Slovyansk but whose family lives in Dnipro, about four hours to the west, stood in the central square and watched a flock of pigeons strut on cold tiles. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx canine comedy Stays will strut into theaters on June 9, 2023, Universal announced Tuesday. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 These days, four years is an eternity for a college coach to strut his stuff. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Strut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strut. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for strut

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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