\ ˈswaŋk How to pronounce swank (audio) \
swanked; swanking; swanks

Definition of swank

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\ ˈswaŋk How to pronounce swank (audio) \

Definition of swank (Entry 2 of 4)

: full of life or energy : active
\ ˈswaŋk How to pronounce swank (audio) \
variants: or swanky \ ˈswaŋ-​kē How to pronounce swanky (audio) \
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



Definition of swank (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Adjective (2)

swankily \ ˈswaŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce swankily (audio) \ adverb
swankiness \ ˈswaŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce swankiness (audio) \ 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


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


circa 1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swank


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swank. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swank

British, informal + disapproving : to behave in a way that is intended to impress people

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