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brag·ga·do·ci·o

 (brăg′ə-dō′shē-ō′, -shō)
n. pl. brag·ga·do·ci·os
1. A braggart.
2.
a. Empty or pretentious bragging.
b. A swaggering, cocky manner.

[Alteration of Braggadocchio, , the personification of vainglory in The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, from brag.]

braggadocio

(ˌbræɡəˈdəʊtʃɪˌəʊ)
n, pl -os
1. vain empty boasting
2. a person who boasts; braggart
[C16: from Braggadocchio, name of a boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene; probably from braggart + Italian -occhio (augmentative suffix)]

brag•ga•do•ci•o

(ˌbræg əˈdoʊ ʃiˌoʊ)

n., pl. -ci•os.
1. empty boasting; bragging.
2. a boasting person; braggart.
[after boastful character in Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590)]
brag`ga•do′ci•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.braggadocio - vain and empty boasting
boast, boasting, jactitation, self-praise - speaking of yourself in superlatives

braggadocio

noun
1. One given to boasting:
Informal: blowhard.
Slang: blower.
2. An act of boasting:
Informal: blow.
References in classic literature ?
He had set them down as a set of landlubbers and braggadocios, and was disposed to treat them accordingly.
Pistols, then, at eight o'clock, in the Bois de Vincennes," said Beauchamp, quite disconcerted, not knowing if he was dealing with an arrogant braggadocio or a supernatural being.
On the following morning, Captain Bonneville purchased a supply of buffalo meat from his braggadocio friends; who, with all their vaporing, were in fact a very forlorn horde, destitute of firearms, and of almost everything that constitutes riches in savage life.
At these reunions I had to play the part of host--to meet and entertain fat mercantile parvenus who were impossible by reason of their rudeness and braggadocio, colonels of various kinds, hungry authors, and journalistic hacks-- all of whom disported themselves in fashionable tailcoats and pale yellow gloves, and displayed such an aggregate of conceit and gasconade as would be unthinkable even in St.
I therefore told him, in so many words, that he was a braggadocio, and could not do what he said.
Here in Gibraltar he corners these educated British officers and badgers them with braggadocio about America and the wonders she can perform