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swagger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj swagger (British informal) very chic "groovy clothes"
    • v swagger act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    • v swagger discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    • v swagger to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"
    • n swagger a proud stiff pompous gait
    • n swagger an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swagger A swagman.
    • n Swagger The act or manner of a swaggerer. "He gave a half swagger, half leer, as he stepped forth to receive us."
    • Swagger To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious; to bluster; to bully. "What a pleasant it is . . . to swagger at the bar!""To be great is not . . . to swagger at our footmen."
    • v. t Swagger To bully. "She shan't think to bullock and domineer over me."
    • Swagger To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner. "A man who swaggers about London clubs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swagger To strut with a defiant or insolent air, or with an obtrusive affectation of superiority.
    • swagger To boast or brag noisily; bluster; bully; hector.
    • swagger To influence by blustering or threats; bully.
    • n swagger The act or manner of a swaggerer; an insolent strut; a piece of bluster; boastfulness, bravado, or insolence in manner.
    • swagger Swell; all the rage.
    • n swagger Same as swagman, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Swagger one who carries his swag about with him in his search for work
    • v.i Swagger swag′ėr to swing the body in a blustering defiant way: to brag noisily, to bully
    • n Swagger boastfulness: insolence of manner
    • adj Swagger (slang) very fashionable
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of swag,

Usage

In literature:

Altogether he was as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six in his bluchers.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Had she been so tired peradventure as that Ephesian widow in Petronius, by some swaggering soldier, she might not have held out.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
You know what a fine, swaggering fellow he was, and the sky-blue uniform of the Tenth suited him to a marvel.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Next came a swaggering bully of a slave-driver, evidently bred in the North.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
As Buzz espied her his gait became a swagger.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
This is your swaggering Hamburgher.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
CAPITAN, a boastful, swaggering coward, in several French farces and comedies prior to the time of Moliere.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
He departed with bent head and swagger-cane reversed.
"Bedridden and The Winter Offensive" by W.W. Jacobs
He departed with bent head and swagger-cane reversed.
"Deep Waters, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
Come, you don't swagger over me, my lad!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
He was little more than a boy, this murderer, as handsome a lad as ever swaggered out of County Kerry.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
Wherefore he sailed directly for Boston laden with booty, with a crew of swaggering companions at his heels.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
Then Copple appeared, swaggering out of the aspens.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
He says, with a modest swagger, 'I have invited twenty-five factory hands to tea.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
Do you recall how the red-coats went swaggering about that matter o' Bunker Hill?
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
Henry did not drop, but turned round, swaggered impudently down to the table, leaned on it, then suddenly rolled over, dead.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
BARDOLPH, a drunken, swaggering, worthless follower of Falstaff's.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The young officer's swaggering attempt to kiss the girl he meets on the road.
"A Reputed Changeling" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Then, without ending his sentence, he swaggered out of the shop.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
He looked with a new feeling at the swaggering, sporty young negroes.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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In poetry:

There was one with a swagger
And a soft, slow tongue,
And a bright, cold dagger
Where his left hand swung-
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
That brown girl's swagger gives a twitch
To beauty like a Queen,
Lad, never damn your body's itch
When loveliness is seen.
"To A Brown Boy" by Countee Cullen
Then with many an oath and swagger,
As a man of great renown,
On the board he clapped his dagger,
Called for sack and sat him down.
"Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down" by Madison Julius Cawein
The worthless were swaggering bravely,
Fancy robbers went out to rob,
And true-hearted men had to hide:
It was a curious,
Curious summer night.
"Memory Of A Summer Night" by Endre Ady
Some swagger and swear, like madmen some tear,
Whilst the fiend spurs them on with a sneer —
"Have at him, my boy! — thy good weapon employ,
"For who would such injuries bear?"
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Then, lo! the push o' Day rise to applaud;
An' all 'is creatures clamour at 'is feet
Until 'e thinks 'imself a little gawd,
An' swaggers on an' kids 'imself a treat.
The w'ile the lurkin' barrackers o' Night
Sneak in retreat an' plan another fight.
"The Stoush O' Day" by C J Dennis

In news:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign has a hint of a swagger about it as a good showing looks more likely next week in the Iowa caucuses, where his 2008 campaign crashed badly.
He is running for the US Senate seat once held by friend and basketball foe President Barack Obama, and he will need more than just his style and understated swagger to land in Washington, D.C.
She's Hit hails from Glasgow and comes with a gritty swagger that made its way from the back alleys of post-punk into 2011.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Preparing to meet JetBlue Airways CEO David Neeleman--by all accounts the most successful, innovative airline founder to hit the scene since Herb Kelleher--I'm thinking I'll encounter a certain swagger.
NEW YORK Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase (JPM), is known as much for his swagger as for his banking savvy.
And she's got the swagger of a thousand men.
Stellar Awards get a little swagger.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has lost some of his swagger.
Les Miles loves swagger .
It's new, happening and another example of African-American historical ' swagger -jacking.
Bulldogs' swagger has come unleashed.
Photo by David O Gunn/WWE Jack Swagger, the reigning WWE US Champion, is from Perry, Okla.
Aerosmith, Cheap Trick still swagger .
Evans tries to swagger Kings past Magic.
Has Mitt Romney's Hair Lost Its Swagger .
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