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intr.v. swag·gered, swag·ger·ing, swag·gers
1. To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air.
2. To brag; boast.
A swaggering manner of moving or behaving.

[Probably frequentative of swag.]

swag′ger·er n.
swag′ger·ing·ly adv.


(ˈswæg ər ɪŋ)

characteristic of a person who swaggers; blustering.
swag′ger•ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.swaggering - having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
2.swaggering - flamboyantly adventurous
adventuresome, adventurous - willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises; "adventurous pioneers"; "the risks and gains of an adventuresome economy"


[ˈswægərɪŋ] ADJ [person] → fanfarrón, jactancioso; [gait] → importante, jactancioso


gait, mannerforsch
(= boastful)großtuerisch, angeberisch
nGroßtuerei f, → Angeberei f; his swaggering aboutsein Herumstolzieren nt


1. adj (gait) → spavaldo/a; (gesture) → da fanfarone/a
a swaggering fellow → un fanfarone
2. nfanfaronate fpl
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, Dunstan enjoyed the self-important consciousness of having a horse to sell, and the opportunity of driving a bargain, swaggering, and possibly taking somebody in.
Dunstan, whose nature it was to care more for immediate annoyances than for remote consequences, no sooner recovered his legs, and saw that it was all over with Wildfire, than he felt a satisfaction at the absence of witnesses to a position which no swaggering could make enviable.
Ah, we blokies kin lick deh hull damn Row," said a child, swaggering.
George had an air at once swaggering and melancholy, languid and fierce.
It made him half mad to see the calm way in which George, flapping his napkin, and with a swaggering bow, opened the door for the ladies to leave the room; and filling himself a glass of wine, smacked it, and looked his father full in the face, as if to say, "Gentlemen of the Guard, fire first.
I saw, besides, many old sailors, with rings in their ears, and whiskers curled in ringlets, and tarry pigtails, and their swaggering, clumsy sea- walk; and if I had seen as many kings or archbishops I could not have been more delighted.
And to add to these swaggering ways he was a trifle of a musician, and played the guitar with such a flourish that some said he made it speak; nor did his accomplishments end here, for he was something of a poet too, and on every trifle that happened in the town he made a ballad a league long.
At anchor a schooner looks better; she has an aspect of greater efficiency and a better balance to the eye, with her two masts distributed over the hull with a swaggering rake aft.
Writing on the subject of what separates the greats from the wasted talent, Syed claimed the two men brought a swaggering attitude and arrogance to training.
John Day offered a suggestion for a new study: "What say we introduce hungry tigers into the authors' lab to see if it reduces their swaggering, head-bobbing behavior?
Songs such as London Queen and Boom Clap were glorious bursts of synth-driven pop, while her cover of Bow Wow Wow's I Want Candy was full of swaggering attitude.