from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
- n. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
- n. A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A swaggering show of defiance or courage.
- n. A false show of courage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Boastful and threatening behavior; a boastful menace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pretentious boldness or bravery; arrogant or boastful menace; swaggering defiance.
- n. One who indulges in boastful and arrogant menaces.
- Arrogantly bold or menacing; said or done in bravado: as, “bravado bets,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a swaggering show of courage
French bravade and Old Spanish bravada, swagger, bravery, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *brabus, brave; see brave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French bravade ("bragging or boasting"). Which comes from Italian bravata, from verb bravare ("brag, boast"), from bravo. (Wiktionary)