swank

1 of 4

verb

swanked; swanking; swanks

swank

2 of 4

adjective (1)

Scotland
: full of life or energy : active

swank

3 of 4

adjective (2)

variants or swanky
swanker or swankier; swankiest
1
: characterized by showy display : ostentatious
a swank limousine
2
: fashionably elegant : smart
a swank restaurant
swankily adverb
swankiness noun

swank

4 of 4

noun

1
: arrogance or ostentation of dress or manner : pretentiousness, swagger
2

Examples of swank in a Sentence

Verb rich people swanking around in their expensive cars Noun service that is the essence of swank: the waiters pull out your chair for you and even place your napkin on your lap
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Icon has more options for families and those traveling in groups who may want to swank up their lodging. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 The season of sunbathing in swim trunks, surfing in board shorts, and swanking about your style in slides—because no one wants to deal with the fuss of lacing up heft shoes and boots or the hassle of smelly socks. Bernd Fischer, menshealth.com, 10 May 2023
Adjective
The kids wore designer clothes and partied at swank hotels. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Houston – Davis Street at Hermann Park Every Thanksgiving, esteemed chef Mark Holley welcomes diners into his swank, homey restaurant. Dwight Brown, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 For decades, cineastes have borrowed the line as a funny way to compliment someone’s particularly swank outfit. Leah Faye Cooper, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2024 But the play trades too heavily on the architectural eye candy of its turntable set, which moves from the swank living room to the state-of-the-art kitchen to the upstairs guest bedroom. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Originally built in the 1750s, Epstein acquired the swank abode in the 1960s as his private residence. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2023 As always, Goldberg’s latest book is funny, violent and a little bit swank. Ivy Pochoda, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Sun, however, has the irresistible camp appeal of Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith as former rival showgirls coming face to face at a swank island resort. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 One jaunty Esquire cartoon from the 1940s shows two young women peering out their window at a swank gathering in a neighboring apartment. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2023
Noun
The scarves were a way to bring softness to something masculine like a suit jacket, but the swank of the fabric in its length and elaborate draping pushed the feeling beyond refinement into something sublime, imperious, and cool. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Mar. 2023 The swank is served up at Honorary Member — the second concept within The Twelve Thirty Club. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2021 Set within four breathtaking 18th century buildings that would make any architecture-lover swoon, this former Manor house is the epitome of chic winter retreat with a mix of Oriental opulence and modern Milanese swank. Stephanie Orma, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 Check into somewhere swank, change into a plush bathrobe and don't forget to order up some room service. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 30 Nov. 2022 Looking gorgeous in Maile Okamura’s swank, detailed costumes, the dancers are given lots of kick-ball-changes, chassés, grapevines, and the like. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2022 This swank pizzeria in Old Town Cottonwood helped define the city's rising culinary scene, creating a spot that is sophisticated and authentic. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2022 Their catalog is a perfect blend of visceral, swank-riddled rock songs, streaked with experimental touches, and hummable pop melodies. Corbin Reiff, SPIN, 17 Mar. 2022 Now, the rich kids of Wuhan down pricey bottles of whiskey and bop to crashing electronica at the city's swank nightclubs. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken to sway; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple

Adjective (1)

Middle Low German or Middle Dutch swanc supple; akin to Old High German swingan to swing

First Known Use

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (1)

1773, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

circa 1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swank was in 1708

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Cite this Entry

“Swank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swank. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

swank

1 of 3 verb
ˈswaŋk

swank

2 of 3 noun
1
: showy display or pride in dress or manners
2

swank

3 of 3 adjective
variants or swanky
swanker or swankier; swankest
1
: marked by showy display : ostentatious
a swank limousine
2
: fashionably elegant
a swank restaurant
swankily adverb
swankiness noun

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