Picture the confident, maybe even arrogant way a pirate, a cowboy, or even a rapper might stroll around. That style of walking is called a swagger.

Swagger can also be used as a verb. After you ace a test you might swagger down the hall feeling pretty full of yourself. In verb form it can also refer to more aggressive behavior like bullying or intimidating others. Hopefully you wouldn’t swagger down the hall doing that though!

Definitions of swagger
  1. verb
    walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    synonyms: cock, prance, ruffle, sashay, strut, tittup
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    synonyms: bluster, swash
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    type of:
    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  3. verb
    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    synonyms: browbeat, bully
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    type of:
    blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  4. noun
    a proud stiff pompous gait
    synonyms: prance, strut
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    type of:
    a person's manner of walking
  5. noun
    an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
    synonyms: swaggie, swagman
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    type of:
    gipsy, gypsy, itinerant
    a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment
  6. adjective
    (British informal) very chic
    synonyms: groovy
    fashionable, stylish
    being or in accordance with current social fashions
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