Definition of swank in English:

swank

verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • Display one's wealth, knowledge, or achievements in a way that is intended to impress others.

    ‘he was swanking about, playing the dashing young master spy’
    • ‘By tomorrow I'll be swanking around the place as if it was all predicted and, you know, I knew it was going to happen.’
    • ‘He got paid last weekend and spent the money on swanking about in a hotel with his girlfriend, showing her the high life.’
    • ‘It's in Gabriel's Wharf which is just a swanked up name for what is, in essence, just a street with some shops full of artsy fartsy froo froo.’
    • ‘She was the early favourite to win the competition, and she's spent the entire series swanking around like she invented dancing or something.’
    • ‘The provocative account he brazenly swanked the day after made younger Maurice stir.’
    • ‘While virtually everyone else mucks in for testing at Barcelona and Valencia, Ferrari get to swank around their own circuits at Fiorano and Mugello in Italy.’
    • ‘The truth is that Jack is forever swanking around in Bute House, pouring large ones for his posh guests and acting like he owns the place.’
    • ‘Irvine and Rita cleverly cashed in on Glaswegians' profligate delight in dressing up and swanking it up.’
    • ‘These famous faces seem to be having a grand time, swanking around in their fabulous deco costumes and deploying different foreign accents at each other, and it's just as much fun for us to watch them.’
    • ‘‘I commute in a three-quarter-tonne capacity Chevrolet Silverado HD,’ he swanked in his latest book.’
    • ‘Do you know what Hell it has been, not mentioning this before because it would only look like swanking off?’
    • ‘To watch many leading members of Sinn Fein swanking it up and sipping Bollinger with some of the Irish corporate elite in members clubs is quite remarkable.’
    • ‘Everything was bogus, from the place cards which were love haikus, to the guy swanking round with a bottle of absinthe saying he'd been given it by Johnny so that everyone asked ‘Johnny who? allowing him to sniff ‘Depp, of course’.’
    • ‘I got a Paul Smith suit and I swanked down the street hoping people would recognise me.’
    • ‘Years ago, when in our first new home, I was proudly swanking about it and a friend said: ‘How lovely for you both’ and ‘Have you got wall-to-wall carpeting?’’
    • ‘If you want to swank and swagger go for Pomerol's Lafleur that, incredibly, started off life en primeur at £1,650 a case and only three years later is priced here at £650.’
    • ‘It simultaneously demonstrates deep traditional appreciation of materials, light and space, and a lively understanding of the potentials of modern technology, without swanking about them.’
    • ‘Still in his twenties, he swanked his way through the Belfast-based international news media, lunching with key opinion-makers, opining every night on local television.’
    • ‘It establishes a slush fund to hand out goodies to people who can swank around producing programmes at a cost far in excess of normal commercial rates.’
    • ‘From spies in Venice comes a sighting of him swanking around on the Grand Canal.’
    cavort, dance, jig, trip, caper, jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hop
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noun

mass nounBritish
informal
  • Behaviour, talk, or display intended to impress others.

    ‘a little money will buy you a good deal of swank’
    • ‘I guess Chris thought it would be good for us sophisticated city folk, as we must pine for swank when we're not around it.’
    • ‘He says that in the initial postwar decades, these oases of comfort and architectural swank that sprang up throughout Europe and the Middle East embodied American Utopia.’
    • ‘The good times were rolling, and Manhattan felt swank like never before.’
    • ‘Reminds me of the swank that flashed in the US up until about 1928.’
    • ‘Along with modesty, that other quintessentially British characteristic, self-deprecation, is on the wane - it doesn't work in a culture of swank and bravado.’
    • ‘We are also setting up an online store for bands to sell their band swank.’
    • ‘Hot tubs and full kitchens (complete with blenders) round out the swank.’
    • ‘Friday night, get your swank on as DJs Pat Boogie and Lexis take over the decks at Upper Club.’
    • ‘Lead by singer Maja Ivarsson, The Sounds took to the stage and strutted their stuff, with all the swank and attitude of a group of runway models at a Hollywood Coke soirée.’
    • ‘It's best to come with a small group of good friends and enjoy the vibe and the feeling: not overly swank, a lot of character and class.’
    • ‘It would be an understatement to say that there was no swank.’
    • ‘For one last meal we passed up the usual greasy chopstick and went air-conditioned swank.’
    • ‘Barnes's journalistic reputation is founded on his relaxed, anecdotal style, which is never entirely devoid of swank, clatter and show-off puns.’
    • ‘At a stroke, Glasgow's got-it, flaunt-it streets of swank are going to look decidedly 10 minutes ago as hordes of Glaswegian fashion victims board the train to Waverley station for the hottest retail style experience around.’
    • ‘Their destination seemed designed for cheer, with a landscaped park, fountains and personalised warmth from across the swank, sweetly scented lobby.’
    • ‘I can still remember him running a blue pencil through a draft passage that I was particularly proud of in one of my first books and telling me, kindly but firmly, ‘That's just swank.’’
    • ‘Excuse the swank, but a film star once worked for me.’
    • ‘Pleased with his elderly ability to swarm up four flights of stairs to his study each day, he admits, ‘I rather swank about it.’’
    • ‘Many people will try to like this album, the second full-length of original music from the D.C kings of swank, suits 'n' stirred Martinis, known for their stoned, trippy, dubby bossa beats.’
    • ‘Here pomp and swank are so remote that you secretly wish for a larger, more elegant lounge.’
    ostentation, showiness, show, showing off, ostentatiousness, pretentiousness, pretension, vulgarity, conspicuousness, obtrusiveness, display, flamboyance, gaudiness, garishness, tawdriness, meretriciousness, brashness, loudness, extravagance, ornateness, theatricality
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adjective

British
informal
  • ‘they were photographed coming out of some swank nightspot’
    North American term for swanky
    • ‘It was a sweet repast in the swank abode of internationally renowned interior designer Bill Stubbs Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘One need only look at a Haring or a Basquiat to see the link between subway car & swank art gallery.’
    • ‘The hotel re-emerged in a new, swank avatar which had no space to spare for a plebeian ice cream parlour.’
    • ‘They really roll out the red carpet, put you in a swank hotel, and shuttle you back and forth.’
    • ‘The bride looked gorgeous and the reception was very swank.’
    • ‘The desk manager at my swank hotel showed considerable sang-froid in allowing me into the place.’
    • ‘From his swank corner office on the 50th floor, Cuban-born Jose Fernandez really is at the top of his game.’
    • ‘I might pick the latter for swank ambiance and loose slots, but Foxwoods has by far the classier list of entertainers.’
    • ‘As you probably know, the Packard was a very swank American car, the sort that one saw when I was a boy parked outside large hotels known to have gaming rooms with high stakes.’
    • ‘Construction is under way everywhere on the property, which rests on Miami Beach's swank Millionaire's Row, where palm trees, manicured lawns, and multicolored million-dollar mansions are the norm.’
    • ‘To mark the occasion, Room 18, the swank nightclub where Chozie rules the booth as resident DJ, is throwing a Christmas Eve album pre-release party.’
    • ‘This new eatery occupies the swank Mile-End space vacated last year by the short-lived Restaurant Bernard.’
    • ‘He was the creative force behind Opium Den, one of the city's pioneering swank saloons, and Plush, atop the Core Pacific Living Mall.’
    • ‘The recently reopened Groove offers up New Year's Eve celebrations in all-new décor with an all-new ‘vibe’ and an all-new swank VIP lounge.’
    • ‘That is, in Cuba one does not need an elaborate recreation of the age of traditional Cuban son, salsa or jazz - such as the swank event at Zen - to feel the spirit of the music.’
    • ‘What's the point of living in a swank apartment with pretty clothes if you hate your life?’
    • ‘He may be the last link to the old Borscht Belt comedians, the old Vegas, the old nightclubs and stage shows, the real swank days of lounge culture.’
    • ‘BankMuscat on Infantry Road has swank interiors, but it has a traditional touch about them.’
    • ‘The Warner budget allows them a swank bus, replete with a tour manager, a sound guy, and a roadie.’
    • ‘The swank apartments, fine restaurants, and posh hotel suites in which the stars spend all their time represent solid luxury rather than obvious Hollywood make-believe.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

swank

/swaŋk/