verb (1)
\ ˈstrət How to pronounce strut (audio) \
strutted; strutting

Definition of strut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to become turgid : swell
2a : to walk with a proud gait
b : to walk with a pompous and affected air

transitive verb

: to parade (something, such as clothes) with a show of pride
strut one's stuff
: to display one's best work : show off



Definition of strut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a structural piece designed to resist pressure in the direction of its length
2 : a pompous step or walk
3 : arrogant behavior : swagger


verb (2)
strutted; strutting

Definition of strut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to provide, stiffen, support, or hold apart with or as if with a strut

Other Words from strut

Verb (1)

strutter noun
struttingly \ ˈstrə-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce strut (audio) \ adverb

Examples of strut in a Sentence

Noun the strut of a supermodel
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With smoldering eyes and confident walk, Miranda knows how to strut her stuff. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 9 July 2022 And Jenner continues to strut the world's runways as a muse for the most notorious fashion designers and brands, while also selling out her popular tequila brand, 818. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 At Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Paloma Elsesser strut down the runway in a striped cashmere dress along with incredibly alluring powder pink silk bra straps. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 9 June 2022 Instead of searching for Horcruxes while wearing half-moon spectacles and sweeping purple robes, Blaine would strut the school hallways in his signature black muscle tee, stopping students to perform card tricks for them or eat glass. Brian Mcelhaney, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 Lucha VaVoom’s ‘Cinco de Mayan’ Masked Mexican wrestlers grapple, comics crack wise, aerialists soar and burlesque performers strut their stuff in a special Cinco de Mayo edition of this saucy variety show for ages 21 and older. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The supermodel has also continued to strut down runways, walking in Alexander Wang's show in April while flaunting her bump in a cutout dress. Emma Becker,, 13 July 2022 Meanwhile, Kardashian was among the A-listers invited to strut down the runway for the luxury fashion house. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 July 2022 The crown is inspired by the racing nuts of the Huracán GT3 EVO2 and is paired with an upper caliber strut-bar bridge design found on the Lamborghini V10 engine. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The chicken dance replicates the strut of a prairie chicken, while the grass dance, whose outfits are distinguished by their long fringe that sways as the dancer moves, is meant to imitate the stomping of grass. New York Times, 30 July 2022 The woman otherwise known as Nika Roza Danilova suggested Kate Bush — moody, atmospheric, potentially shy if spooked — with the strut of a rock ’n’ roll belter and R&B pipes. Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2022 The old Miami Dolphins, the ones of the 1980s and 1990s, spoke of walking on a field beside Dan Marino with a strut in their step simply because of their quarterback. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 9 July 2022 Knowing a body in space, the parabolas of certain gestures, the side angles of expressions, the timbre of a wisecrack, the mood of a certain strut lend an illusion of kinship. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 With a bright pop of color and a fierce strut, Jenna Bush Hager stopped Today show fans in their tracks. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2022 Cottontail rabbits mosey in occasionally, too, and in recent years wild turkeys have showed up to scratch, dust and strut. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 This zany, cartoon-soundbite–like track somehow fits comfortably on A Couple of Good Days next to playful hip-house, crystalline piano thumpers, funky strut, and alluringly low-key disco. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2022 One bone became particularly useful as a hearing device, the hyomandibular bone, a strut that, in fish, controls the gills and gill flaps. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pair it with your trusty black heels and a red lip, and strut out the door! Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 28 July 2022 At the end of each month, Cafecito Bonito is transformed to host drag artists who strut through the coffee shop to chart-toppers in between rounds of Mexican bingo. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2022 During the dance, several men shake rattles or strut notched rasps over a tin drum to imitate the sound of thunder. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 TikTok has ushered in a bimbo renaissance, where self-aware babes can unabashedly strut across the For You Page. Cady Drell, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2022 So the tailor has learned to stay focused on fabric while wiseguys strut in and out of his backroom. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 TikTok hype houses are populated by heartthrobs like Noah Beck, Chase Hudson and Bryce Hall, who strut around shirtless. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 The crown is inspired by the racing nuts of the Huracán GT3 EVO2 and is paired with an upper caliber strut-bar bridge design found on the Lamborghini V10 engine. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Three rounds of preliminary contests for Miss Alabama 2022 took place Wednesday through Friday at the Wright Center, giving all 40 contestants a chance to strut their stuff in talent, evening wear and on-stage interview/social impact pitch segments. Mary Colurso |, al, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strut

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strut

Verb (1)

Middle English strouten, from Old English strūtian to stand out stiffly, struggle; akin to Middle High German strozzen to be swollen

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“Strut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for strut


\ ˈstrət How to pronounce strut (audio) \
strutted; strutting

Kids Definition of strut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk in a confident and proud way



Kids Definition of strut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stiff proud step or walk
2 : a bar or brace used to resist pressure in the direction of its length

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