One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Arrogant or boastful talk.
boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbucklingView synonyms
- ‘With this boasting, this ‘fanfaronade’ as he himself called it, he wanted to show that Prussia was still rich and powerful.’
Mid 17th century: from French fanfaronnade, from fanfaron ‘braggart’, from fanfare (see fanfare).
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