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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.
Day Daughtry left his flight as beyond his own grasp of speech, and concluded, his half embarrassment masked by braggadocio over Michael:
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.
Strutting about with great show and braggadocio, he strove to impress his followers with the mere nothingness of so trivial a feat as flying birdlike thousands of yards above the jungle, though it was long until he had thoroughly convinced himself by the force of autosuggestion that he had enjoyed every instant of the flight and was already far advanced in the art of aviation.
It was honorable braggadocio, and despite the fact that he had found his limitations and was pressing desperately against them, he ran gamely on.
This is not braggadocio on the part of Avis Everhard.