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  • n. bully
  • n. boaster

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bully; a hector; a swaggerer; an empty boaster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bully; a hector; a swaggerer; an empty boaster; a vain pretender.
  • n. Noisy or boastful parade; ostentation; fanfare.


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  • Walpole from then on ridiculed GW, calling him a fanfaron braggart, and saying that he soon “learned to blush for his rodomontade.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • “Despardieux, milor,” said the Chevalier, “if he had stayed one moment, he should have had a torchon — what you call a dishclout, pinned to him for a piece of shroud, to show he be de ghost of one grand fanfaron.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • But the apothecary, who perhaps had more penetration or less partiality than his wife and daughter, differed from them in their sentiments of the matter, and expressed himself to me in the shop in this manner: “Ah mon pauvre Roderique! you have more of de veracite dan of de prudence — bot mine vife and dater be diablement sage, and Monsieur le Capitaine un fanfaron, pardieu!”

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Peregrine, glowing with resentment, called him a fanfaron, and withdrew in expectation of being followed into the street.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The Hungarian hussar is no fanfaron like the French chasseur, but he is conscious of his own powers, like a Grenadier of the Old Imperial Guard.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 9, August 26, 1850

  • Calling him an old blower and bloat, a gas-bag and _fanfaron_, a Gascon and a _carajo_, _alma miserabile_, and a pudding-head, a _sacre menteur_ and a _verfluchte prahlerische Hauptesel_, a brassy old blunder-head and

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Un fanfaron croyant qu'il était au-dessous de lui de se déranger, se laissa accrocher, et son habit fut déchiré.

    French Conversation and Composition

  • Then when Voltaire found that Rousseau's pamphlet was really making a splash in the sea of books, he got mad and called Rousseau a “dog of Diogenes,” “that Punchinello of letters,” the “fanfaron of ink,” and other choice epithets.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers

  • In the hands of the troubadours it became a gospel of pageantry and fanfaron, of artificial sentiments and artificial heroisms, cloaking the materialism, the sensuality and the inordinate ostentation of a theatrical and frivolous society, intoxicated with the pride of life.

    Medieval Europe

  • And these all appeared, also with paper soldier hats upon their heads, and girt in some very spontaneous costume, and so the whole troop proceeded with loud fanfaron and drumbeat to mamma's door and knocked for admission, and heard her cheery "Come in."

    The Brick Moon, and Other Stories


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  • Oh, wonder not that he yammers on;

    He was to the bullshit manner born.

    His loftiest notion

    Is crude self-promotion

    It lives in the genes of the fanfaron.

    January 16, 2017