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

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

cock, prance, ruffle, sashay, strut, tittup
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner

bluster, swash
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

v discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

browbeat, bully
Type of:
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

n a proud stiff pompous gait

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

n an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work

swaggie, swagman
Type of:
gipsy, gypsy, itinerant
a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment

adj (British informal) very chic

fashionable, stylish
being or in accordance with current social fashions

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