American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Bragging or blustering manner or behavior.
- n. A fanfare.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Empty boasting, wildly self-assertive
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A swaggering; vain boasting; ostentation; a bluster.
- French fanfaronnade, from Spanish fanfarronada, bluster, from fanfarrón, a braggart, perhaps from Arabic farfār, talkative, from farfara, to become agitated, become talkative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“—Your aunt, Scrotes persisted, after the merest sniff, has remarked what she calls your fanfaronade.”
“Among these, the chief was Dr. Gray, who was an enemy to every thing that approached to fanfaronade, and knew enough of the world to lay it down as a sort of general rule, that he who talks a great deal of fighting is seldom a brave soldier, and he who always speaks about wealth is seldom a rich man at bottom.”
“But I see no pride, only a wallowing in fanfaronade.”
“The heavens added to the noise with a fanfaronade of thunder, which inspired the crocodile to bellow in response.”
“This fanfaronade and these challenges launched by Castelo Branco are ridiculous, because they know that this is not our task -- it is the work of the Brazilians.”
“About this time I read a cable report that the gorilla Castelo Branco -- this individual is the (pause) president of Brazil -- and I do not know in what ceremony, in any of those ceremonies that are seen when they have them there -- it is said that he launched a fanfaronade.”
“Every day a table of thirty covers was laid for those whom he chose to invite; he dined in public -- a fanfaronade of trumpets proclaiming his down-sitting and his up-rising -- and the people thronged the banqueting-hall in such numbers that barriers had to be erected in the middle of it to keep the obtrusive multitude at a respectful distance.”
“But now that he had grown deaf to the fanfaronade of such words and clearly saw the framework on which they were constructed, how was he to keep pace with the young who were a credulous echo of every speech they heard?”
“At high noon the bazaar was opened with a flourish of trumpets and a fanfaronade by the band.”
“He perched on the saddle, with a leg curled round the horn; he whistled the vivacious air of Tule, Tule Pan, a gay fanfaronade of roistering notes, the Mexican words for which are, for considerations of high morality, best unsung.”
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