Definition of swagger in English:

swagger

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Walk or behave in a very confident and arrogant or self-important way:

    ‘he swaggered along the corridor’
    ‘a swaggering gait’
    • ‘And then staggered and swaggered along with Flint, Carl and TJ our way to Emma's for dinner and to meet Gina's brother Aubrey.’
    • ‘He swaggers to the counter, orders, and waits for his drink.’
    • ‘I was gathering my things when Skinner walked, no swaggered up to my locker and coolly kicked the left corner.’
    • ‘A flashily dressed man comes swaggering down the street, talking loudly into a mobile phone.’
    • ‘With a propane tank over his shoulder and the little boy tugging at his arm, McCarthy swaggered towards the tracks.’
    • ‘After a lot of tick-ticking from my bright orange watch, Tyler walked, no, swaggered over, brandishing a scrap of paper triumphantly.’
    • ‘He held this position for 10 seconds, after which he swaggered forth.’
    • ‘As he swaggers into the Citizens' Theatre, the 24-year-old is in personal and professional rude health.’
    • ‘The driver swaggers into the club and slaps Tony on the back.’
    • ‘However, it is Ejiofor's film as he swaggers around in heels or confronts the ghosts of the past with equal aplomb.’
    • ‘He swaggered as he walked towards her, then sat down on the bench.’
    • ‘They strutted and swaggered in Creolestyle, played the hottest of jazz and slowed to a dead march as the tempo changed.’
    • ‘The way the leader swaggered around as he walked made me frown a little since I had seen people like him in almost every school I had attended.’
    • ‘I just can't stand the man's style, the way he swaggers and struts and smirks and the way he looks sly and deceitful and the way Americans can't see it.’
    • ‘As they mooched off, one straggler swaggering along behind the others tried to do an oh-so-cool spit onto the grass.’
    • ‘Spike swaggers closer: I was only looking in the slayer's direction because you wouldn't give me the time of day.’
    • ‘The Doctor walked - no, not walked, swaggered - over to me.’
    • ‘It's not just a question of how the president walks or swaggers or how he talks.’
    • ‘There is no better way to relax than to watch a cat - sleeping, stretching, or swaggering along.’
    • ‘An outsider can feel it too, when a soldier swaggers up to your vehicle and orders the bonnet to be opened.’
    boast, brag, bray, bluster, crow, gloat, parade, strut, posture, pose, blow one's own trumpet, lord it
    strut, parade, stride, roll, prance
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noun

  • [in singular] A very confident and arrogant or self-important gait or manner:

    ‘they strolled around the camp with an exaggerated swagger’
    • ‘Jason stepped down onto the garage floor, a confident swagger in his step.’
    • ‘The Saints duly went marching in, although it was more of a triumphal swagger in the end, and it seemed that everyone in Paisley wanted to be in that number, which of course was one.’
    • ‘And with billions to spend, it gives them a certain swagger.’
    • ‘As he twirls again, an officer's sword highlights the confident swagger of today's military man about town.’
    • ‘Smit slowly walked back to his chair with an arrogant swagger.’
    • ‘A goal ahead after four minutes, two up after 19, his players were coasting, and playing with the confident swagger of a team who knew it, when everything unravelled with alarming simplicity.’
    • ‘One exchange neatly sums up the swagger of the young, high, stupid and heavily armed.’
    • ‘There is something of an arrogant swagger about Ibrahimovic.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he captures the music's masculine swagger right from the very first chord.’
    • ‘Episodic material consists of scales and arpeggios that enhance the music's powerful images - ocean swells, billowing sails, even a sea captain's swagger.’
    • ‘Have we got what it takes to trip the loutish swagger of the Coalition's stormtroopers?’
    • ‘Our sales hero comes alone, wielding an arrogant swagger.’
    • ‘Taylor has become one of the vocal leaders of the Miami defense and shows the confident swagger of the great Hurricane defenders.’
    • ‘Their backs when pushing forward had an arrogant swagger which comes with real talent.’
    • ‘But while a swagger of smug certainty plays well on television, prudence might argue for an open mind and the occasional flicker of doubt.’
    • ‘He approached McGrath with a swagger and challenged him with the question, ‘Am I not the greatest bowler you've ever seen?’’
    • ‘More than the sum of her swagger, drawl and thousand nervous gestures, she embodies her character so seamlessly that the film's artifice seems to disappear.’
    • ‘He saw enough in Hicks to remind him of the nihilistic swagger of Bruce.’
    • ‘After years of hard-earned success on Broadway, where audiences lapped up their chaotic, anything-goes approach, the brothers arrived in Hollywood with an arrogant swagger.’
    • ‘Either because it's the truth, or because he enjoys the macho swagger, he has said he feels sad when affairs come to an end but he insists his heart has never been broken.’
    strut, parading, roll, prancing
    boasting, bragging, bluster, bumptiousness, brashness, swashbuckling, vainglory, puffery
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adjective

  • 1[attributive] Denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.

  • 2British informal, dated Smart or fashionable:

    ‘I'll take you somewhere swagger’
    • ‘No hint of eighteenth-century neo-Palladian swagger or its kitsch modern imitations.’

Origin

Early 16th century: apparently a frequentative of the verb swag.

Pronunciation:

swagger

/ˈswaɡə/