When you strut, you walk with a proud swagger that has a little arrogance thrown in, like the prance of a running back who has just flown past the 250-pound linebackers and planted the ball in the end zone.

You can't strut and be shy about it — when you strut, you know people are watching you. The big boss in a gangster film, a model on the runway, and the rap artist whose album has just gone platinum all know how to strut. The noun form of strut has a little less flash and refers to a vertical or horizontal support that holds something up, like the long steel bars holding up a building.

Definitions of strut

v walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

“He struts around like a rooster in a hen house”
cock, prance, ruffle, sashay, swagger, tittup
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

n a proud stiff pompous gait

prance, swagger
Type of:
a person's manner of walking

n brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression

Type of:
brace, bracing
a structural member used to stiffen a framework

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