swank

verb
\ˈswaŋk \
swanked; swanking; swanks

Definition of swank 

(Entry 1 of 4)

swank

adjective (1)
\ˈswaŋk \

Definition of swank (Entry 2 of 4)

Scotland

: full of life or energy : active

swank

adjective (2)
\ˈswaŋk \
variants: or swanky \ˈswaŋ-kē \
swanker or swankier; swankiest

Definition of swank (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : characterized by showy display : ostentatious a swank limousine

2 : fashionably elegant : smart a swank restaurant

swank

noun

Definition of swank (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from swank

Adjective (2)

swankily \ˈswaŋ-kə-lē \ adverb
swankiness \ˈswaŋ-kē-nəs \ noun

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

First Known Use of swank

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

History and Etymology for swank

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

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The first known use of swank was in 1708

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swank

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swank

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

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