Definition of bravado in English:



  • [mass noun] A bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate:

    ‘he possesses none of the classic wheeler-dealer's casual bravado’
    • ‘The sheer bravado of its bid, and the unconfined joy with which its success was greeted, was evidence of a city with attitude.’
    • ‘Despite such bravado, oil prices rose to near-record highs in trading as jittery markets reacted to the alert.’
    • ‘Swagger and arrogance is all very well but until that huge European Cup is hoisted aloft it is merely bluster and bravado.’
    • ‘My friend thought he had beaten a rapid retreat after the initial, face-saving show of bravado.’
    • ‘Amid all the glorious fanfares and bravado there will be some frightened and anxious people.’
    • ‘His swaggering bravado has turned me and a number of people I know way off.’
    • ‘Later, alcohol-fuelled bravado saw him insist that he could do a better job than his friend driving to a nightclub.’
    • ‘The purity of the opening segment has slipped away, replaced by bravado and swagger.’
    • ‘We recognise the familiar cushions and head rests, the trepidation of take-off and disguise of bravado.’
    • ‘Quite the reverse, in fact, with his bravado hiding basic insecurities.’
    • ‘The lawyer bobbed and weaved, then fielded questions with a touch of his own unique brand of bravado.’
    • ‘She ignored them, bolstered by her own sense of bravado and spurred on by the belief that everyone is a masochist in one way or another.’
    • ‘He manages to steal the film, even next to various scenery-chewers' bits of bravado.’
    • ‘The voices are loud and harsh, reflecting anxiety and bravado in equal parts.’
    • ‘He has the swagger and bravado - the coloured hair and the flash motor.’
    • ‘It's for bravado or to be cool, but it inevitably ends in disaster.’
    • ‘They spun around in the car parks and many of the cars had two guys out the back windows holding hands across the roof in a show of bravado.’
    • ‘Faking bravado, I wave my hands about as a shopper walks by, and call out that I'm being prevented from leaving.’
    • ‘He had certainly done his best to conceal it with his bluster and bravado and big bad persona.’
    • ‘The fans are awestruck and their earlier bravado quickly disappears.’
    boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbuckling
    boasting, boastfulness, bragging, bombast
    showing off
    braggadocio, rodomontade, fanfaronade, gasconade
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Late 16th century: from Spanish bravada, from bravo bold (see brave, -ado).