Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who swashes, or makes a blustering show of valor or force of arms; a braggart; a bully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who makes a blustering show of valor or force of arms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete One who makes a blustering show of valor or force of arms.

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Examples

  • Because they cannot ride a horse, which every clown can do; salute and court a gentlewoman, carve at table, cringe and make conges, which every common swasher can do, [1990] hos populus ridet, &c., they are laughed to scorn, and accounted silly fools by our gallants.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Because they cannot ride a horse, which every clown can do, salute and court a gentlewoman, carve at table, cringe and make congees, which every common swasher can do … they are laughed to scorn and accounted silly fools by our gallants.

    Inside Higher Ed

  • "Because they cannot ride an horse, which every clown can do; salute and court a gentlewoman, carve at table, cringe and make congees, which every common swasher can do, his populus ridet, etc., they are laughed to scorn, and accounted silly fools by our gallants.

    Mangan's

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