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swagger

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verb swag·ger \ ˈswa-gər \

Definition of swagger

swaggered; swaggering play \-g(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to conduct oneself in an arrogant or superciliously pompous manner; especially :to walk with an air of overbearing self-confidence
2 :boast, brag
transitive verb
:to force by argument or threat :bully

swaggerer

play \-gər-ər\ noun

swaggeringly

play \-g(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of swagger in a Sentence

  1. He copped a plea, ratted out a dozen no-neck pals and swaggered off to prison, leaving South Beach temporarily without a pied piper. —Carl HiaasenNew York Times Book Review22 Feb. 2009
  2. So it is a fight rather than an argument, really—a fight over complexity versus ease, a fight that mostly mimics gang war, which is not so much a vigorous instance of manly bloodletting (though it is that too) as a dustup over prestige: who has the prior right to swagger in public. —Cynthia OzickHarper'sApril 2007
  3. Sometimes he sauntered through the streets of the old town. He looked with awe at the students of the corps, their cheeks gashed and red, who swaggered about in their coloured caps. —W. Somerset MaughamOf Human Bondage1915
  4. I, too, would swagger if I'd won first place in the bowling tournament.

  5. hoping to impress the women at the bar, the young man confidently swaggered across the room

Recent Examples of swagger from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of swagger

probably from 1swag + -er (as in chatter)


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swagger

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noun swag·ger \ ˈswa-gər \

Definition of swagger

1 a :an arrogantly self-confident way of walking :an act or instance of swaggering
b :arrogant or conceitedly self-assured behavior
c :ostentatious display or bravado
2 :a self-confident outlook :cockiness

Examples of swagger in a Sentence

  1. He limps with a noticeable swagger, flamboyantly waving his cane, semi-ironically mimicking the rap stars who are now his peers. —Matt DiehlSpinSeptember 2008
  2. He greeted me with the swagger he's learned since he became a fighter pilot, smiling, his blue eyes glowing. —Matthew KlamHarper'sFebruary 1999
  3. What a hero Tom was become, now! He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him. —Mark TwainTom Sawyer1876
  4. He has a swagger that annoys some of his teammates.

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swagger

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adjective swag·ger \ ˈswa-gər \

Definition of swagger

:marked by elegance or showiness :posh

Origin and Etymology of swagger


SWAGGER Defined for English Language Learners

swagger

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verb

Definition of swagger for English Language Learners

  • : to walk in a very confident way : to walk with a swagger


swagger

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noun

Definition of swagger for English Language Learners

  • : a way of walking or behaving that shows you have a lot of confidence


SWAGGER Defined for Kids

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swagger

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verb swag·ger \ ˈswa-gər \

Definition of swagger for Students

swaggered; swaggering
:to walk with a proud strut

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swagger

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Definition of swagger for Students

:an act or instance of walking with a proud strut


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