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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive), Adjective


Noun swagger has 2 senses

Verb swagger has 3 senses

Adjective swagger has 1 sense


swaggerv. i. [Freq. of swag.].
  •  To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner.  [1913 Webster]
    "A man who swaggers about London clubs."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious; to bluster; to bully.  [1913 Webster]
    "What a pleasant it is . . . to swagger at the bar!"  [1913 Webster]
    "To be great is not . . . to swagger at our footmen."  [1913 Webster]
swaggerv. t. 
     To bully.  Swift.  [1913 Webster]
     The act or manner of a swaggerer.  [1913 Webster]
    "He gave a half swagger, half leer, as he stepped forth to receive us."  [1913 Webster]
     A swagman.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


swagger, v., n., & adj.
1 walk arrogantly or self-importantly.
2 behave arrogantly; be domineering.
1 a swaggering gait or manner.
2 swaggering behaviour.
3 a dashing or confident air or way of doing something.
4 smartness.
1 colloq. smart or fashionable.
2 (of a coat) cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.

swagger stick a short cane carried by a military officer.
swaggerer n. swaggeringly adv.
app. f. SWAG v. + -ER(4)



amble, arrogance, barge, bluff, bluster, bluster and bluff, blustering, boast, boastfulness, boasting, bombast, bounce, bowl along, brag, braggadocio, braggartism, bragging, brandish, bravado, brave show, bully, bullying, bundle, bustle, clump, cock, conceit, crow, cut a swath, display, drag, draw the longbow, drifter, droop, fanfaronade, flaunt, flounce, flourish, flurry, fluster, foot, footslog, fuss, gait, gallop, gasconade, gasconism, halt, hector, hectoring, heroics, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hobo, hop, intimidate, intimidation, jactation, jactitation, jog, jolt, jump, limp, lock step, lumber, lunge, lurch, mince, mincing steps, ostentation, out-herod Herod, pace, paddle, parade, peacock, peacockery, peacockishness, peg, piaffe, piaffer, plod, pontificate, prance, prink, puff, rack, rage, rant, rave, roadster, rodomontade, roister, roll, rollick, sashay, saunter, scuff, scuffle, scuttle, shack, shamble, show, show off, shuffle, side, sidle, single-foot, skip, slang, slink, slither, slog, slouch, slowness, speak for Buncombe, splutter, sputter, stagger, stalk, stamp, step, stomp, storm, straddle, straggle, stride, stroll, strolling gait, strut, strutting, stump, sundowner, swaggering, swagman, swank, swash, swashbuckle, swashbucklering, swashbucklery, swashbuckling, swell, swing, tittup, toddle, totter, traipse, traveler, tread, trip, trot, trudge, vanity, vapor, vaunt, vauntery, vaunting, velocity, waddle, walk, wamble, wiggle, wobble




VB be proud, put a good face on, look one in the face, stalk abroad, perk oneself up, think no small beer of oneself, presume, swagger, strut, rear one's head, lift up one's head, hold up one's head, hold one's head high, look big, take the wall, bear like the Turk no rival near the throne, carry with a high hand, ride the high horse, mount on one's high horse, set one's back up, bridle, toss the head, give oneself airs, boast, pride oneself on, glory in, take a pride in, pique oneself, plume oneself, hug oneself, stand upon, be proud of, put a good face on, not hide one's light under a bushel, not put one's talent in a napkin, not think small beer of oneself.


VB boast, make a boast of, brag, vaunt, Puff, show off, flourish, crake, crack, trumpet, strut, swagger, vapor, blague, blow, four-flush, bluff, exult, crow, crow over, neigh, chuckle, triumph, throw up one's cap, talk big, se faire valoir, faire claquer son fouet, take merit to oneself, make a merit of, sing Io triumphe, holloa before one is out of the wood.


N insolence, haughtiness, arrogance, airs, overbearance, domineering, tyranny, impertinence, sauciness, flippancy, dicacity, petulance, procacity, bluster, swagger, swaggering, bounce, terrorism, assumption, presumption, beggar on horseback, usurpation, impudence, assurance, audacity, hardihood, front, face, brass, shamelessness, effrontery, hardened front, face of brass, assumption of infallibility, saucebox, insolent, haughty, arrogant, imperious, magisterial, dictatorial, arbitrary, high-handed, high and mighty, contumelious, supercilious, overbearing, intolerant, domineering, overweening, high-flown, flippant, pert, fresh, cavalier, saucy, forward, impertinent, malapert, precocious, assuming, would-be, bumptious, bluff, brazen, shameless, aweless, unblushlng, unabashed, brazen, boldfaced-, barefaced-, brazen-faced, dead to shame, lost to shame, impudent, audacious, presumptuous, free and easy, devil-may-care, rollicking, jaunty, janty, roistering, blustering, hectoring, swaggering, vaporing, thrasonic, fire eating, full of sound and fury, with a high hand, ex cathedra, one's bark being worse than his bite, beggars mounted run their horse to death, quid times? Caesarem vehis, wagahai wa (expressing superiority).

VB be insolent, bluster, vapor, swagger, swell, give oneself airs, snap one's fingers, kick up a dust, swear, rap out oaths, roister, arrogate, assume, presume, make bold, make free, take a liberty, give an inch and take an ell, domineer, bully, dictate, hector, lord it over, traiter de haut en bas, regarder de haut en bas, exact, snub, huff, beard, fly in the face of, put to the blush, bear down, beat down, browbeat, intimidate, trample down, tread down, trample under foot, dragoon, ride roughshod over, out face, outlook, outstare, outbrazen, outbrave, stare out of countenance, brazen out, lay down the law, teach one's grandmother to suck eggs, assume a lofty bearing, talk big, look big, put on big looks, act the grand seigneur, mount the high horse, ride the high horse, toss the head, carry, with a high hand, tempt Providence, want snuffing.

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