Definition of braggadocio in US English:

braggadocio

noun

  • Boastful or arrogant behavior.

    • ‘Of course his personal life was his songs; to a fault, Lennon wrote about what he knew, however skewed by bitterness, confusion, regret, braggadocio, or even peace and love.’
    • ‘The movie has fascinating echoes and anticipations of films like Casablanca, Paths of Glory and Lawrence of Arabia, and it tells an unglamorous truth about braggadocio and fear among the officer classes.’
    • ‘It's a world dominated by bling-bling, big cars and braggadocio.’
    • ‘To him, these impressive credentials aren't cause for braggadocio.’
    • ‘For those of you who do not know me personally, it is not a matter of braggadocio.’
    • ‘It commented: ‘It turns out that for all his braggadocio, Dr. Venter was right.’’
    • ‘His braggadocio, then, is leavened with insecurity.’
    • ‘Though they may get carried away with internet-facilitated braggadocio, they also do the work that ‘respectable’ public figures don't have to.’
    • ‘Last year China became the third nation to attain a peculiarly 20th century piece of imperial braggadocio; namely, sending a man into space.’
    • ‘But this memoir is full not of braggadocio, but of self-doubt, as well as wit, humour and passion.’
    • ‘His words were as profane as any gangsta rapper's, but he preferred self-mockery to the usual braggadocio.’
    • ‘The requisite clowning, braggadocio and hip-hop historicism are in place and well articulated, and an unprecedented, post-9/11 political pique has surfaced.’
    • ‘Hip hop is a kingdom built on braggadocio, with swagger and cocksureness as the foundations.’
    • ‘‘This braggadocio, this bravado, it's all a cover-up,’ he said.’
    • ‘Whatever braggadocio the most fearsome pugilists in world boxing are coming up with, they are themselves each assured of a purse of at least $17.5m for meeting in the ring, making it the richest boxing bout in history.’
    • ‘With all the flashy braggadocio behaviour and senseless acts of violence, believe it or not, there's also a downside to wrestling.’
    • ‘The overriding impression is one of mayhem, machismo, bluster and braggadocio.’
    • ‘However, beneath the partly tongue-in-cheek braggadocio on his first solo LP in seven years, he clearly feels he has something yet to prove.’
    • ‘Dostoevsky evinced the conviction of having been divinely commissioned in a manner that was diffident, almost shy, and utterly devoid of braggadocio.’
    • ‘Several gang members in Los Angeles, some known for statements of braggadocio, said they are going to riot if the scheduled execution takes place.’
    nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a boaster): from Braggadocchio, the name of a braggart in Spenser's The Faerie Queene, from brag or braggart + the Italian suffix -occio, denoting something large of its kind.

Pronunciation

braggadocio

/ˌbræɡəˈdoʊ(t)ʃiˌoʊ//ˌbraɡəˈdō(t)SHēˌō/