Definitions

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

  • n. A braggart.
  • n. Empty or pretentious bragging.
  • n. A swaggering, cocky manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A braggart.
  • n. Empty boasting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A braggart; a boaster; a swaggerer.
  • n. Empty boasting; mere brag; pretension.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boasting fellow; a braggart.
  • n. Empty boasting; brag: as, “tiresome braggadocio,”

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

  • n. vain and empty boasting

Etymologies

Alteration of Braggadocchio, the personification of vainglory in The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, from brag.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Braggadocchio, boastful character in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590), apparently a pseudo-Italian coinage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now I had but one fear, namely, that they would unlace me; so that it must be understood that my reply was not uttered in braggadocio but was meant to forestall any possible unlacing.

    Chapter 11

  • Now I had but one fear: namely, that they would unlace me; so that it must be understood that my reply was not uttered in braggadocio, but was meant to forestall any possible unlacing.

    Chapter 11

  • I'm no fan of Bill O'Reilly, whose arrogance and smugness appear to be genuine unlike Rush Limbaugh's braggadocio, which is just schtick.

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  • The mean state Greatness of Soul, the excess which may be called braggadocio, and the defect Littleness of Soul.

    Ethics

  • Often at the end of a day when they had successfully charged a suspect he would lapse into a kind of braggadocio, the thin, frangible coating of allure that he often put on would disappear totally, and his pugilist walk would become more pronounced.

    Bottled Spider

  • Please do not think that I am falling into that habit of "braggadocio" that I criticized a moment ago.

    New Challenges of North America's 'Fastest' Decade

  • That track managed to convey grit without being overloaded with the crotch-grabbing braggadocio which is an all too integral (and boring) part of hip-hop.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • Mark Fitzpatrick, chief proliferation analyst at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the move was a show of Iranian "braggadocio" which made an attack on its nuclear sites more likely.

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  • Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh exhibit the same kind of braggadocio, as they advocate torturing people under U.S. custody who are bound, gagged and hooded.

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  • Mark Fitzpatrick, chief proliferation analyst at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the movewas a show of Iranian "braggadocio" which made an attack on its nuclear sites more likely.

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  • Vivian Charles: Mr. Cod, I’m here against my better judgment considering the callous braggadocio with which you previously gave me the heave-ho.
    Emerson Cod: Well, if I did do any ho-heavin’ it was for your own good. There’s a time for callous braggadocio and a time for sensitivity. To the Norwegians, that time is never.
    Vivian Charles: I suppose it’s a holdover from their Viking ancestry. It would be difficult to rape and pillage with the subtlety of a humanist.”
    —Pushing Daisies, The Norwegians

    December 30, 2009

  • This is one of those wonderful words that sounds Italian but is really English.

    The New Shorter Oxford gives the etymology as brag or braggart combined with the Italian augmenting suffix "-occio". First(?) used by Spenser as a proper name in Færie Queene (1590).

    It also makes the perfect name for this font.

    Now consider flautist

    September 16, 2008

  • WHAT?! This word is fantastic.

    May 3, 2008

  • A town in Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA.

    January 3, 2008