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  • v. Present participle of swagger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strutting; blustering; boasting.
  • n. The act of strutting; blustering; bravado.

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

  • adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
  • adj. flamboyantly adventurous


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  • Good god Mike Skinner's affected cheeky chappy swaggering is annoying.

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  • (Laughter) All the little Italian generals came in swaggering around, and finally came Count Ciano looking very much like Prince Danilo of the "Merry Widow".

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  • He came in swaggering, but, by George, he went out scratching!

    Three Times and Out: A Canadian Boy's Experience in Germany

  • The same bed-wetting Dem Senator – Harry Reid – who accused Bush of swaggering is swaggering about how the President isn’t doing enough to lead the way on Iran.

    Think Progress » Harry Reid: No Good Military Options in Iran

  • He's swaggering, which is odd given how low is approval is.


  • Middle-aged merchants have a great fancy for such horses; their action recalls the swaggering gait of a smart waiter; they do well in single harness for an after-dinner drive; with mincing paces and curved neck they zealously draw a clumsy droshky laden with an overfed coachman, a depressed, dyspeptic merchant, and his lymphatic wife, in a blue silk mantle, with a lilac handkerchief over her head.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • In addition to my impressions of the theatre and of Prague, now came those of the so-called swaggering undergraduate.

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  • Ansari, who is best known as the swaggering Tom Haverford on NBC's CLOSE

    Slate Magazine

  • A half-admiring, half-nervous public quickly dubbed his swaggering and very personal style of government the Dadis Show, which was the name of a television programme in which the captain himself questioned and berated miscreants.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • The evidence for all of this comes from a handful of pieces written for Wednesday's papers, focusing on everything from Goldman's spectacular earnings and return to sky-high comp, to "swaggering" J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

    Robert Teitelman: Goldman, J.P. Morgan and Wall St.'s Original Sin


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