Definitions

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

  • n. Boastfulness; bravado.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Boastful talk.
  • v. To talk boastfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boast or boasting; a vaunt; a bravado; a bragging; braggodocio.
  • intransitive v. To boast; to brag; to bluster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To boast; brag; vaunt; bluster.
  • n. A boast or boasting; vaunt; bravado; vaunting or boastful talk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instance of boastful talk
  • v. show off

Etymologies

French gasconnade, from Gascon, Gascon; see Gascon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gasconnade. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Morrow said there was too much of that kind of gasconade in America, and that after our desperate struggle at home we would not be likely to engage in one with England.

    Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet An Autobiography.

  • In fact, the as-yet-unbuilt yacht is so big, it's actually a "Gigayacht", the press release adds, with a touch of gasconade--as though the author of the release said to himself "hang on old chap, megayacht sounds a bit runty", and went one bigger.

    Abramovich Speculated To Be Buyer Of Gigayacht

  • Just now, when every one is bound, under pain of a decree in absence convicting them of lese-respectability, to enter on some lucrative profession, and labour therein with something not far short of enthusiasm, a cry from the opposite party who are content when they have enough, and like to look on and enjoy in the meanwhile, savours a little of bravado and gasconade.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • Everything has the proper look of a spectacular gasconade, and the most spectacular ingredient of all is newcomer Catherine Zeta Jones, a Steven Spielberg discovery whose dark eyes, porcelain skin and meltingly radiant yet mischievous smile reminded me of the late, great Natalie Wood.

    Banderas' Zorro-in-Training Sweats, Swashes

  • That was an ugly threat, if it was not mere gasconade.

    Washington

  • With all the gasconade common to Orientals generally, the chiefs of the countries I have mentioned, are cowards at heart, tyrants as they are when opportunity offers; and they dread the sight of a ship of war in their harbours.

    Trade and Travel in the Far East or Recollections of twenty-one years passed in Java, Singapore, Australia and China.

  • "You do not speak like a Highlander," said Montaiglon, finding some of this gasconade unintelligible.

    Doom Castle

  • It will be evident to them that the actor made love luringly and died effectively, that he was capable of lyric reading and staccato gasconade, that he had a burly humor and that touch of sentiment that trembles into tears.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • The captain of Le Genereux, in an official letter of true French gasconade, describes the Leander as carrying "seventy-four guns, twenty-four, and thirty pounders on the lower deck, and twelve pounders on the upper!"

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 1

  • Notwithstanding the gasconade of his report of his negative victory over Admiral Calder,

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

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  • "Invariably I have some refreshment placed upon the fortepiano of the bushy-haired, gasconading lout of a band leader."
    Berlin Stories by Robert Walser, translated by Susan Bernofsky, pp 54-55 of the NYRB paperback

    May 9, 2012

  • Is JM method acting today?

    February 16, 2009

  • JM is one of the very few people who know the meaning of 'gasconade'!

    February 16, 2009

  • "a boast or vaunt of something very improbable." (citation in list description)

    OED definition 2: "One who resembles a Gascon in character; a braggart, boaster (the natives of Gascony being notorious as such)."

    October 9, 2008