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

Noun the strut of a supermodel
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to...dress your pup as Buddy the Elf and watch people's reactions as your good boy struts down the street. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "You Can Dress Up Your Dog In a Buddy the Elf Costume Thanks To Etsy," 14 Oct. 2019 Despite the progress made by the fashion world in embracing women of more common shapes, sizes, and behavior, the vast majority of fashion presentations still feature women exercising their best posture while strutting down the catwalk. Annalisa Merelli, Quartzy, "Issey Miyake’s latest fashion show is an ode to the beauty of female joy," 28 Sep. 2019 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 The mother-daughter duo let out a ballet before strutting down the runway. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "NYFW: Pat Cleveland Stole The Chiari Boni Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show," 9 Sep. 2019 A few years, men 50 and 60 years old played football while former cheerleaders, brigade and band strutted their stuff too. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bear Fair promises fun and Texas high school memories," 12 Aug. 2019 While most awards shows famously have a red carpet for stars arriving to show off their wardrobes for the evening, this year’s arrivals will be strutting their stuff on the blue carpet. National Desk, oregonlive, "CMT Music Awards 2019: They wore that? Photos and fashions as stars arrive," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Children will perform the turkey strut and the turkey call and learn about wild turkeys with natural artifacts. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanksgiving week ahead: "Annie", "Charlie Brown" and Betty Brinn Holiday Kitchen," 18 Nov. 2017 The stylish crowd at the Prime Time late-night series danced to DJ and music historian Duane Powell’s set, some even taking a strut down a catwalk to showcase their outfits., "Fashion highlights from MCA’s Prime Time: ‘Question Everything’," 2 July 2019 Chloe Sevigny, Rowan Blanchard, and Kate Bosworth among them—and delivered a supermodel-worthy strut that served as a reminder of her high fashion beginnings. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Flashback: Jaime King’s Greatest Runway Moments," 26 Apr. 2019 The strut, the salaciousness and the sneaky smile are in full wattage in a production that has been shepherded with great care by director Tony Taccone. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. ‘Latin History for Morons’ hits L.A.," 9 Sep. 2019 These days, walking through the metal detector almost doubles as a catwalk strut, with stars such as Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and Kylie Jenner decking themselves out in statement designer pieces for their long-haul flights. Vogue, "Irina Shayk Finds the Most Relatable Airport Style Hack," 29 Aug. 2019 In the evening gown strut, Dillon dazzled with cascading blonde hair against a black gown with a high slit that was coutured with rhinestones. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood contestant shines at Miss Texas pageant," 6 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trio teased the tune just a few days prior, unveiling a short clip of the femme fatales strutting through a foyer in all-black outfits, with matching feather-y wings. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey Team Up for 'Charlie's Angels' Collaboration 'Don't Call Me Angel': Watch," 13 Sep. 2019 Enter an aggressively shirtless Jude Law strutting through HBO and Sky’s latest The New Pope trailer in nothing but a charming smirk and skin-hugging swim briefs. Nick Romano,, "Jude Law is having a hot pope summer in HBO's The New Pope teaser trailer," 28 Aug. 2019 The house had an unfinished quality, and chickens strutted through the dining room. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 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 But at one juncture, while strutting through the audience, Abdul took off her bowler-style hat and hurled it directly at the Hough’s head. Vogue, "Paula Abdul Hurled Her Hat at Julianne Hough at the BBMAs: A Harrowing Tale," 2 May 2019 Get your bark and meow on — September is full of events for you and your pets, with chances to adopt new animal friends, learn new tricks and strut your mutt. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "3 Bay Area pet festivals, parades to celebrate in September," 10 Sep. 2019 Just six years ago, a plus-size model strutting the runway at NYFW was unheard of. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Plus-sized models are still underrepresented at fashion’s most important event," 6 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

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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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The first known use of strut was in the 13th century

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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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