strut

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
  1. verb
    walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    “He struts around like a rooster in a hen house”
    synonyms: cock, prance, ruffle, sashay, swagger, tittup
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. noun
    a proud stiff pompous gait
    synonyms: prance, swagger
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    type of:
    gait
    a person's manner of walking
  3. noun
    brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression
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    type of:
    brace, bracing
    a structural member used to stiffen a framework
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