American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Imposingly fashionable or elegant; grand. See Synonyms at fashionable.
- adj. Ostentatious; pretentious.
- n. Smartness in style or bearing; elegance.
- n. Swagger.
- v. To act ostentatiously or pretentiously; swagger.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. dated Fashionably elegant.
- n. A fashionably elegant person.
- n. Ostentation.
- v. To swagger, to show off.
- n. elegance by virtue of being fashionable
- v. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
- adj. imposingly fashionable and elegant
- Perhaps from swanky, or perhaps from an Old English root, related to the Scots swank and the Middle High German swanken, modern German schwanken ("to sway"). (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken, to swing. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Putin's gang? put enemy combatants up in swank hotels? terrorists do NOT have "rights." if you think Gitmo was "tourture," then you missed my historical examples and perspective of not being the "polite warrior." there is no such thing as a John Kerry "gentle, kinder" type of war. true, ideally, wars should be avoided, but not at the cost of selling one's own life/country out.”
“They host affairs in swank clubs and glitzy restaurants.”
“He was evidently, immensely pleased with his own little bit of book-learning; he even insisted on talking and writing Latin -- pure "swank" -- whereas his family would surely have preferred their native Frankish.”
“Sometimes through a touch of Antonio Jobim and Brazilian jazz, or the style of a martini glass, or the breeze through a palm tree, or Diana Krall … and my regular ritual in honor of swank is the Pimm’s Cup.”
“After all that trouble, and after all that distressing bathroom damage, the results are pretty freakin 'swank.”
“While I was out there, I store-hopped and picked up a frame and matting supplies in order to spiffy-fy that sketch I was sent the other day -- and now my work area doth verily look swank, which is quite conducive to um ... working.”
“The Hayes Conference Center - and its so-called "swank digs" - offered a venue at less expense than the university.”
“And there is to be no "swank" or "side," no putting on airs.”
“At any rate, The Voodoo Lounge itself is kind of swank -- in that "we once stumbled drunkenly into a velveteen dive bar in the French Quarter, and this club is our beer-goggled impressionistic take on what we think we saw before we puked on the vinyl divan" way.”
“As we were leaving the pony depot we fell in with Atlee of the Munsters who had been at Panagheia, and he says a pony is no use except for a bit of "swank," you have to walk practically the whole way beside your animal.”
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