Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bragging or blustering manner or behavior.
  • n. A fanfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Empty boasting, wildly self-assertive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swaggering; vain boasting; ostentation; a bluster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a flourish or display; bluster.
  • n. A swaggering; vain boasting; ostentation; bluster.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • —Your aunt, Scrotes persisted, after the merest sniff, has remarked what she calls your fanfaronade.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • 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.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • But I see no pride, only a wallowing in fanfaronade.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • The heavens added to the noise with a fanfaronade of thunder, which inspired the crocodile to bellow in response.

    The Golden Torc

  • 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.

    13TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATTACK ON MONCADA BARRACKS

  • 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.

    13TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATTACK ON MONCADA BARRACKS

  • 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.

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • 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?

    Menschen im Krieg. English

  • At high noon the bazaar was opened with a flourish of trumpets and a fanfaronade by the band.

    Patty and Azalea

  • 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.

    Copper Streak Trail

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