Definition of swanky in US English:



  • 1Stylishly luxurious and expensive.

    ‘directors with swanky company cars’
    • ‘The head chef of the swanky hotel hosting Earth Summit bigwigs described the mountains of posh food he is laying on for their pleasure.’
    • ‘Still, when all around were dining on quails' eggs, Orwell was roughing it in the kitchens of swanky hotels, dossing down in flea pits and blundering in the Spanish Civil war.’
    • ‘It's on the fourth floor of a new development (with swanky security gates and a lift!) and from the window you can see right across London to the post office tower.’
    • ‘All in all, I'd rather work in a care home than be a swanky company director.’
    • ‘Vodka hasn't always been such a swanky part of drink culture.’
    • ‘Don't be put off by expensive looking cosmetics boutiques and swanky hair salons when you're deciding your new look.’
    • ‘Titanic is ostentatious in its fidelity to the material aspects of its subject, presenting in detail the handsome staterooms, decks and swankily appointed first-class atrium with its famous staircase.’
    • ‘For Asia's hip and swanky people, carrying a mobile phone with a cracked screen and a tatty plastic cover is tantamount to a crime against fashion.’
    • ‘Rumours were rife the wild rocker had proposed to his former wife at Las Vegas' swanky Palms Hotel and Casino and she had said ‘yes.’’
    • ‘They were to meet at the swanky bar, the Vibe, frequented by a clientele of beautiful people and the city's in-crowd to which bloggers were no exception.’
    • ‘I find it hard to believe that women want to have sex with strange men one after the other after the other, whether it's in swanky hotels, cosy suburban boudoirs or dirty back alleys.’
    • ‘My attempts at coolness were almost spoiled during a very important meeting at the extremely swanky and expensive Cap D' Antibes Hotel.’
    • ‘That's a swanky hotel in Montego Bay which the kids fancy.’
    • ‘Mr. Antolini now lives in a swanky apartment with his wife, who's rich and a good bit older than he.’
    • ‘Bangalore's crime cells are pushing for the corporate look - swanky and stylish.’
    • ‘My new gym is very expensive and somewhat swanky.’
    • ‘Matt and Phred's is a perfect place for her to play with low lights and swanky red curtains behind the stage, it's a classy affair for whoever is privileged to wonder in tonight.’
    • ‘We relished every detail until someone produced the new Monsoon Home catalogue and we pored over swanky cushions and light fittings, virtually licking the pages.’
    • ‘On Sunday night I attended a swanky dinner in a painfully trendy Brighton Hotel to listen to James Rubin, former US assistant secretary of state.’
    • ‘Sobviously hasn't ever swankily sipped the White Zin. or the Boone's Farm if he considers THIS the worst wine ever.’
    luxurious, luxury, deluxe, plush, sumptuous, palatial, lavish, lavishly appointed, gorgeous, opulent, splendid, magnificent, lush, glamorous, glittering, rich, costly, expensive, upmarket, fancy, stylish, grandiose
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    1. 1.1 Using one's wealth, knowledge, or achievements to try to impress others.
      • ‘The seating area looks good too, with walled booths creating a modern and very (self-consciously) swanky impression.’
      bragging, crowing, swaggering, braggart, overweening, overbearing, bumptious, puffed up, vaunting, blowhard, ostentatious, full of oneself
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