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

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But Joe Burrow did his part by tying a school record with five passing touchdowns before the marching band had a chance to strut its stuff for the halftime crowd. Scooby Axson,, "Week 2 College Football Power Rankings: What We Learned From Openers," 3 Sep. 2019 From all over the country, people who look and act like famous people will gather to strut their stuff. Trevor Fraser,, "Sunburst impersonators convention brings the stars to Orlando," 29 Aug. 2019 Then there are the disease problems that are just now starting to strut their stuff. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "It's that dreary. Louisville has seen 30+ inches of rain so far this year," 21 June 2019 Three rounds of preliminary contests for Miss Alabama took place Wednesday through Friday at the Wright Center, giving all 47 contestants a chance to strut their stuff in talent, evening wear and on-stage interview segments. Mary Colurso |,, "Miss Alabama 2019: Tiara Pennington, Miss University of Alabama, takes the crown," 8 June 2019 But with The Jonas Brothers reunited, Joe tagged along with brothers Nick and Kevin tonight, leaving Sophie to strut the red carpet of the Billboard Music Awards alone. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner's 2019 BBMA Red Carpet Look Was Basically a Designer Spacesuit," 2 May 2019 Her bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the second inning gave Taunton a five-run lead, which was soon six as the relay throw sailed past the Newton North third baseman, allowing Brown to strut home. Dan Shulman,, "Freshman steps into circle, hurls Greater New Bedford into D2 softball final," 20 June 2018 Few movie images are more striking than George C. Scott strutting in front of an American flag as the foul-mouthed, self-destructive World War II general. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1970s from 'Jaws' to 'Being There'," 25 July 2019 The video starts with a group of women strutting their stuff down a street, as echoed in the song’s lyrics. Robyn Merrett,, "Iggy Azalea Jokingly Tweets at Peppa Pig: 'Collab with Me Now or You'll End Up a Breakfast Special'," 16 July 2019

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Mohammed Islam, 18, said one thing that stuck out about Mr. Alam was his walk — a macho strut that projected aggression. New York Times, "Times Square Terror Plot: Inspired by Bin Laden, Man Planned Bombing, Officials Say," 7 June 2019 After the first few saccharine numbers, the show settles into playful pastiches of a multiplicity of styles, from a jazzy strut to country, from cabaret to calypso. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Quirky, cheeky ‘Dreamcoat’ kicks up some fun at Tri-Valley Rep," 25 July 2019 The current Miss Alabama, Callie Walker, competed here as Miss Tuscaloosa in 2018 and did a swimsuit strut in a preliminary competition before the Miss Alabama finals. Mary Colurso |,, "Miss Alabama 2019: Swimsuits are out, interviews are in for 47 women in state competition," 4 June 2019 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 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 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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the first to flaunt the look was Sam Smith, who strutted among the flowers in his idyllic English garden wearing a classic faux fur overcoat (with little else on underneath). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Steve Lacy Takes One of Summer’s Most Peculiar Trends Into the Bathtub," 22 Aug. 2019 So, without further ado, here are eight Spurs players who could be strutting their stuff away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season., "8 Tottenham Hotspur Players Who Could Still Leave This Summer," 20 Aug. 2019 The local tough boys–who strut around, hilariously, in spiky-slick hair and sunglasses, like mini-greasers–challenge them to a beer-drinking contest. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Good Boys Isn’t a Movie for Kids. But It Captures What It’s Like to Be One," 15 Aug. 2019 George also looked calm and collected, strutting around in a relaxed gray suit and a white button-up. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore the Most Charming Fringe Dress in Italy," 31 July 2019 Last year’s swim suit casting call finalists strutted in a runway show. Johnny Diaz,, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model casting call returns to Miami Beach," 10 July 2019 After spending a week strutting around Paris, showing off a series of unforgettable looks at Couture Week, Céline Dion headed to London for a performance—and a certain pair of princesses couldn't have been more excited to have her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Went to a Céline Dion Concert," 8 July 2019 Lil Nas X, clad in a neon-yellow getup, led an absolutely rambunctious crowd in the sing-along while Cyrus delivered his verse at a mic stand, giving in to a few cowboy boot kicks as dancers strutted around him. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus Ride 'Old Town Road' to the 2019 BET Awards: Watch," 23 June 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

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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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