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swank

verb

Definition of swank

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  show off, swagger; also :  boast 1

Examples of swank in a Sentence

  1. rich people swanking around in their expensive cars

Origin and Etymology of swank

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


First Known Use: 1708


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swank

play
adjective \ˈswaŋk\

Definition of swank

Scotland

  1. :  full of life or energy :  active

Origin and Etymology of swank

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


First Known Use: 1773


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swank

play
adjective \ˈswaŋ-kē\
variants: or

swanky

Definition of swank

swanker

or

swankier

;

swankiest

  1. 1 :  characterized by showy display :  ostentatious a swank limousine

  2. 2 :  fashionably elegant :  smart a swank restaurant

swankily

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

swankiness

play \-kē-nəs\ noun

Circa 1842

First Known Use of swank

circa 1842


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swank

noun

Definition of swank

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

  2. 2 :  elegance, fashionableness

Examples of swank in a Sentence

  1. service that is the essence of swank: the waiters pull out your chair for you and even place your napkin on your lap

Circa 1854

First Known Use of swank

circa 1854


SWANK Defined for English Language Learners

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swank

verb

Definition of swank for English Language Learners

  • : to behave in a way that is intended to impress people



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