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



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 \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence


the strut of a supermodel

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In another video posted to Twitter, Bella struts in a second look, this time with a set of VS's signature wings. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here’s Your First Look at Bella Hadid Slaying the Victoria’s Secret Runway," 9 Nov. 2018 At a recent casting for the Nuestra Belleza Venezuela contest, a pack of teens and 20-something women donned towering heels and coated their lips in glossy pink hues before strutting in front of judges. Washington Post, "In embattled Venezuela, beauty offers ladder out of poverty," 6 July 2018 Baker could be seen wiping tears from her eyes in her seat as Ledisi powered through the iconic track, strutting across the stage in a black one-shoulder gown. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Ledisi Tributes Anita Baker With Soulful 'Sweet Love' Cover at the 2018 BET Awards," 24 June 2018 Kaia Gerber strutted in transparent, thigh-high boots at Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show, and Bella Hadid modeled transparent heels during Oscar de la Renta's New York Fashion Week show around the same time. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "These clear shoes have reached peak celebrity trend with Kim Kardashian, Rihanna on board," 7 June 2018 Wig Out!’’ cast poses, shimmies, and struts upon it in bravura style while attired in Tyler Kinney’s knockout costumes. Don Aucoin,, "The runway is ablaze, but ‘Wig Out!’ skims its glittering surface," 1 May 2018 In the music video for her latest single, the singer cries in the shower in a pink gown and struts down a hallway in a pink sequin dress, pink fur coat, and pink aviator shades. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Has Carrie Underwood Been Dropping Hints About Her Baby's Gender This Whole Time?," 11 Aug. 2018 Then Jordan decides to go full Zoolander — stripping to his boxers and strutting through the mansion in his drawers and dress shoes with a button down shirt thrown jauntily over his shoulder. Time, "'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Goes On An Arie-Themed Date," 5 June 2018 That’s right: The boss of the XFL strutted out and resembled the boss of the NFL. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The XFL Goes PG," 6 Dec. 2018

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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 Electronically controlled, hydraulically powered struts simulate dynamic events — including the wheelie. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Virtual Reality Is Carmakers’ Latest Selling Tool, at Shows and in Showrooms," 29 Mar. 2018 Two struts pumps the car's pedals while a metal arm—its three robotic digits attached to the steering wheel—calmly transports human cargo to their destination. Erin Biba, Popular Mechanics, "Robot, You Can Drive My Car," 8 Aug. 2018 Forget the gas struts that hold up a Golf (or even a Polo) hatch: here are two very simple hinges, painted body color. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Jetta review: A quintessentially American Volkswagen," 4 Oct. 2018 In the middle of recording Gaga made the most of her strut from the car to the studio in a glossy couture jacket from Jebran’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Latest Heels Have to Be Seen to Be Believed," 29 Aug. 2018 But all that music really came to life in concert, thanks to Mercury’s big voice and powerful strut, coupled with May’s hooky power chords and symphonic solos. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the music video for her latest single, the singer cries in the shower in a pink gown and struts down a hallway in a pink sequin dress, pink fur coat, and pink aviator shades. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Has Carrie Underwood Been Dropping Hints About Her Baby's Gender This Whole Time?," 11 Aug. 2018 Last year, Jenner closed the La Perla Fall 2017 show during day one of New York Fashion Week, strutting down a giant staircase in a nipple-baring gown made of sheer floral lace and metallic embroidery, and covered in crystals and pearls. Mariah Haas,, "Kendall Jenner Jokes About Her Daring Decision to Step Out Braless in a Sheer Dress: 'Oops'," 11 May 2018 If the idea of strutting along the Detroit riverfront with tacos in hand isn’t enough for you, here’s another reason to scope out the Taco Festival on Saturday — luchadores squaring off in authentic lucha libre wrestling matches. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "High-flying Mexican wrestling act swoops in for Taco Festival in Detroit," 9 Aug. 2017 That’s right: The boss of the XFL strutted out and resembled the boss of the NFL. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The XFL Goes PG," 6 Dec. 2018 As far as entertainment value, nothing in our area compares to the energy and excitement of this highly choreographed live fashion show that will strut its stuff Thursday as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Crazy for color, ruffles and gold: The Kentucky Derby fashion trends you'll see this year," 22 Mar. 2018 In addition to the king cake tasting, the family also holds a two-day gingerbread baking competition, averaging about 30 structures each year; and a Christmas baking competition, when the family pastry chef wannabes really strut their stuff. Carol Wolfram,, ""King Cake Fixes Everything" a tasty Carnival competition," 11 Feb. 2018 While Tesla hustles to get its Model 3 production up to speed, there’s a new electric vehicle company strutting its stuff at the LA Auto Show this week. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Rivian's Electric Truck and SUV Are Built to Tackle the Great Outdoors," 27 Nov. 2018 Thanks @victoriassecret for giving me the chance to see my gal strut her stuff and bring her some burgers. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd Hung Out With Bella Hadid's Mom at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 9 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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Dictionary Entries near strut

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 \
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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