One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
boast, brag, trumpet, show off, bluster, swagger, swank, gloat, be smug, congratulate oneself, preen oneself, pride oneself, pat oneself on the back, sing one's own praisesView synonyms
- ‘Marked out by Pitt for Canadian service, he served bravely at Louisbourg in 1758, then returned to London, where he dined with Pitt and Temple, exhibiting ‘gasconade and bravado’.’
- ‘Gasconade is expected by everyone.’
Mid 17th century: from French gasconnade, from gasconner ‘talk like a Gascon, brag’.
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