strut

verb (1)
\ˈstrət \
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 \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence

Noun

the strut of a supermodel

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Purple globes of ornamental alliums strutted their stuff. Hattie Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 The women strut out in their semi-finest while an announcer reads a couple of wacky facts. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 In the hands of creators Steven Canals and Ryan Murphy, TV again struts ever forward; the two are serving up a bold, decadent, delicious thing. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Pose, Prestige TV Becomes Resistance TV," 1 June 2018 Against the backdrop of some of the Met's most iconic exhibition spaces, partygoers shimmied, strutted, posed, preened, and played in perfect harmony with medieval, Renaissance, classical Greek and Roman paintings and sculptures. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Met Gala Turned Into a Giant Dance Party, and It's All on Instagram," 8 May 2018 Teyana Taylor is strutting her way into your Netflix account. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Teyana Taylor Is Coming to Netflix," 20 Sep. 2017 Apart from the supermodel lineups on the runways — see: Jaime King, Erin O'Connor, and Adriana Lima, who don't usually strut their stuff at couture week — the frenzy around the annual spectacle is a little more controlled. refinery29.com, "Voilà! It's The Best Of Paris Haute Couture Street Style," 4 July 2018 The 48-year-old actress took a strutted her stuff down the runway in Paris wearing a long navy trench coat over a emerald and sequin leopard print gown with a small cutout at the waist. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Uma Thurman Walks the Runway at Miu Miu's Resort 2019 Fashion Show," 3 July 2018 The visuals show Foxx strutting down an empty Los Angeles street at night, channeling The Matrix in her all-black attire and oversized leather jacket. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Foxx Has a Message For the Guys Who've Done Her "Wrong"," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams played only nine games in 1982 because of a 57-day strike, a schedule that undermined the statistical struts that buttress all MVP debates. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 Built on the same platform as the Land Rover Evoque, the E-Pace suspension has struts up front and a multilink at the rear. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 In a conference room, Yawczak fondly imitated Ruya's confident strut, much to the delight of her co-workers. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "A slain refugee was set to start preschool Monday. Despite tragedy, staffers carry hope.," 6 July 2018 Rarely does such a surefire banger -- with strut-worthy lines about feeling like a supermodel on the dancefloor -- pack such emotional nuance too. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Songs of 2018 (So Far): Critics' Picks," 6 June 2018 Inverted front struts come standard for greater durability on the track. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Subaru WRX STi Type RA boggles the mind as most expensive Subaru," 30 May 2018 Cole punctuated his exit with a cocky spit on his strut toward the dugout. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis, Alex Bregman power Astros over Rangers," 7 June 2018 Tohaku used only ink and negative space to summon a landscape in which a female broods while her mate struts toward her, beak open. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku’ Review," 25 Apr. 2018 The big bird blew up into a full fan and strut and came dancing into the opening toward the closest decoy. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hot time: Any evening performance, but Saturdays are always a fabulous show with plenty of classic older performers strutting their stuff. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 Irina Shayk might be to blame as she was captured strutting down la croisette for the premiere of French director Christophe Honoré's Sorry Angel, in this sultry red gown. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Heats Up Cannes in Hip-Baring Versace," 10 May 2018 Purple globes of ornamental alliums strutted their stuff. Hattie Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 Apart from the supermodel lineups on the runways — see: Jaime King, Erin O'Connor, and Adriana Lima, who don't usually strut their stuff at couture week — the frenzy around the annual spectacle is a little more controlled. refinery29.com, "Voilà! It's The Best Of Paris Haute Couture Street Style," 4 July 2018 Smith traveled light and wore white undershirts as his uniform; Shin strutted about in suits or designer jeans. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018 The visuals show Foxx strutting down an empty Los Angeles street at night, channeling The Matrix in her all-black attire and oversized leather jacket. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Foxx Has a Message For the Guys Who've Done Her "Wrong"," 10 July 2018 With flashing eyes that tear up at the drop of a cat and a muscular frame made for monument-worthy poses, this Padraic is a strutting contradiction of attraction and repulsion, daring us to question our conventional notions of the heroic. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 John Legend played Jesus, Sara Bareilles was Mary Magdalene, and Alice Cooper strutted as Herod in this version of the 1971 rock opera. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Jesus Christ Superstar' lifts NBC," 2 Apr. 2018

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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

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 \
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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