swagger

verb
swag·​ger | \ ˈswa-gər How to pronounce swagger (audio) \
swaggered; swaggering\ ˈswa-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce swaggering (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 swaggerer (audio) \ noun
swaggeringly \ ˈswa-​g(ə-​)riŋ-​lē How to pronounce swaggeringly (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 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 Aug. 2020 Bo Nix had every reason to swagger into his freshman season at Auburn. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Bo Nix lost some of his ‘swag’ last season, but this year ‘feels different’," 14 Sep. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 Aug. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 Aug. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 Aug. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 Aug. 2020 Their bodies firm up and swagger into a ritualistic circle of savagery. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 June 2020 But has the momentum gained during France 2019, when the USWNT swaggered to a record fourth world title, been lost? Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Germany and US leading the way in crucial period for women's football," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Growing up in College Park, Georgia, Lee got her swagger from the Atlanta fashion scene, where women of all sizes dress as if the world is an Ebony Fashion Fair runway. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Precious Lee: "Plus Is Extra. I'm Going to Go Extra Hard."," 17 Sep. 2020 Sharing the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, Rhett and Pardi demonstrated a sense of swagger, with the former flashing his pearly whites on the opening verse before Pardi danced onstage with an acoustic guitar. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Thomas Rhett Combines With Jon Pardi for ‘Beer Can’t Fix’ at 2020 ACM Awards," 16 Sep. 2020 That relentless swagger asphyxiates any other dramatic possibility. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 But the young Lions unit stepped up with swagger, dogging the backline and setting a high line of pressure. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City earns first franchise win over Atlanta United," 29 Aug. 2020 Everson Griffen is gone, but the swagger from the right edge of the Vikings' defensive line isn't. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Yannick Ngakoue says joining the Vikings is a 'breath of fresh air'," 4 Sep. 2020 Nick Chubb has seen Baker Mayfield regain the confidence and swagger that turned Cleveland orange and brown in 2018. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Nick Chubb on Baker Mayfield ‘being smarter with the ball,’ he’s aware of big extensions for RBs, his scary concussion moment, and more," 3 Sep. 2020 Miller's swagger coincides with promising state polls. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign eyes Minnesota prize as Biden slips in polls," 2 Sep. 2020 As cocky as Johnson and Jarmon may sound, all agree that Miami RedHawks commit Jaymor Mundy is the secondary swagger-king. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "A primary weapon for La Salle football could be their secondary," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

1 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swagger. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for swagger

swagger

verb
How to pronounce swagger (audio)

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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