Definition of rodomontade in US English:



  • Boastful or inflated talk or behavior.

    ‘the corrupting effect the vogue for macho rodomontade may have even upon a civilized man’
    • ‘To my mind this is not surrealism but mere pumped-up rodomontade and very much in the vein of the purple tuxedo, typical of Hitchcock's style of dress.’
    • ‘It has an oddly functional feel for a play that glories in rhetoric, rodomontade, swagger and swordplay.’
    • ‘Despite all the ranting, the rodomontade and the rhubarb Howard's excellent adventure will end in ignominy - although, naturally, he will insist that he stuck by his allies to the last.’
    • ‘Accomplished veterans are punished for such rodomontade: What do we suppose will happen to he who taunts the defending champions in his very first career start?’
    • ‘What is it about the combination of Florida and football that inspires rodomontade?’
    • ‘Since that moment, the football gods punished the team's rodomontade with injuries, embarrassment, and a 2000 flameout.’
    • ‘The football gods take a dim view of boasting after victory; boasting after defeat is a new low in rodomontade.’
    • ‘Grimm's play does yield some fun amid all the torture, bloodshed, and rodomontade.’
    nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether
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[no object]archaic
  • Talk boastfully.

    ‘he soon finds out there's nothing to be gained by rodomontading’
    • ‘The song, which boasts that the club is ‘Super Bowl bound,’ played nonstop in Jacksonville after the 62-7 game - and it's been downhill ever since as the football gods punish the rodomontading franchise.’
    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 praises
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Early 17th century: from French, from obsolete Italian rodomontada, from Italian rodomonte, from the name of a boastful character in the medieval Orlando epics.