swagger

verb
swag·​ger | \ ˈswa-gər How to pronounce swagger (audio) \
swaggered; swaggering\ ˈswa-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce swagger (audio) \

Definition of swagger

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

swagger

noun
plural swaggers

Definition of swagger (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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 : bold or brash self-confidence "Taxi" opens with an argument over capital punishment between a progressive female teacher and a condescending loudmouth who's all macho swagger.— Sheri Linden Thierry has the swagger of a man who blew off conventional wisdom and turned out just fine.— Ben O'Donnell

swagger

adjective

Definition of swagger (Entry 3 of 3)

: marked by elegance or showiness : posh

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Other Words from swagger

Verb

swaggerer \ ˈswa-​gər-​ər How to pronounce swagger (audio) \ noun
swaggeringly \ ˈswa-​g(ə-​)riŋ-​lē How to pronounce swagger (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for swagger

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of swagger in a Sentence

Verb 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 Hiaasen, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009 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 Ozick, Harper's, April 2007 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 Maugham, Of Human Bondage, 1915 I, too, would swagger if I'd won first place in the bowling tournament. hoping to impress the women at the bar, the young man confidently swaggered across the room Noun He limps with a noticeable swagger, flamboyantly waving his cane, semi-ironically mimicking the rap stars who are now his peers. — Matt Diehl, Spin, September 2008 He greeted me with the swagger he's learned since he became a fighter pilot, smiling, his blue eyes glowing. — Matthew Klam, Harper's, February 1999 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 Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876 He has a swagger that annoys some of his teammates.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bo Nix had every reason to swagger into his freshman season at Auburn. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Any could soon find a confident twentysomething swaggering into their quarterback room. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2018 Jeffrey Dean Morgan shows up to chew some scenery as a swaggering cowboy of a government agent. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2018 The second-highest rated cable show in July—behind only Game of Thrones—was USA Network's slick, swaggering legal drama Suits. Emma Dibdin, Esquire, 14 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But his quest also serves to illustrate the perils of gentrification, as well as the vulnerability beneath his swagger. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2021 All told, Corporate America is getting its swagger back. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 7 July 2021 But his quest also serves to illustrate the perils of gentrification, as well as the vulnerability beneath his swagger. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2021 In the trials this week, her swagger quickly translated to success on the track. oregonlive, 19 June 2021 Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Patrick Peterson in free agency, and both moves should help the Vikings regain much of their defensive swagger. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Despite former cast member Vanessa Bayer portraying the titular star, Cyrus portrayed Justin Bieber and stole his swagger and swooshy hair in the 2017 sketch The Miley Cyrus Show. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 7 May 2021 Davis said the Lakers had lost their swagger and needed to start acting like the defending champions. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 His swagger and confidence were supported by the cane, not present in spite of it, and his ability to use everyone else's underestimation of him to his advantage was inspirational. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of swagger

Verb

circa 1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swagger

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

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

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The first known use of swagger was circa 1596

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“Swagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swagger. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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swagger

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swagger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

swagger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swagger (Entry 2 of 2)

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

swagger

verb
swag·​ger | \ ˈswa-gər How to pronounce swagger (audio) \
swaggered; swaggering

Kids Definition of swagger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk with a proud strut

swagger

noun

Kids Definition of swagger (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of walking with a proud strut

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