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swank

verb \ ˈswaŋk \

Definition of swank

swanked; swanking; swanks
: 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


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swank

adjective \ ˈswaŋk \

Definition of swank

Scotland
: 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


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swank

adjective \ ˈswaŋk \
variants: or swanky play \ˈswaŋ-kē\

Definition of swank

swanker or swankier; swankiest
1 : characterized by showy display : ostentatious
  • a swank limousine
2 : fashionably elegant : smart
  • a swank restaurant

swankily

play \ˈswaŋ-kə-lē\ adverb

swankiness

play \ˈswaŋ-kē-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of swank

circa 1842

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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swank

noun

Definition of swank

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

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

First Known Use of swank

circa 1854

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SWANK Defined for English Language Learners

swank

Definition of swank for English Language Learners

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



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