• (British) IPA: /ˈswæɡ.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈswæɡ.ɚ/

swagger (swaggers, present participle swaggering; past and past participle swaggered)

  1. To walk with a swaying motion; hence, to walk and act in a pompous, consequential manner.
    • a man who swaggers about London clubs
  2. To boast or brag noisily; to be ostentatiously proud or vainglorious; to bluster; to bully.
    • To be great is not […] to swagger at our footmen.
  • French: rouler des épaules
  • German: stolzieren
  • Italian: pavoneggiarsi
  • Russian: расхаживать с важный
Translations Translations Noun


  1. Confidence, pride.
  2. A bold or arrogant strut.
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524 ↗, part I:
      He steered with no end of a swagger while you were by; but if he lost sight of you, he became instantly the prey of an abject funk, and would let that cripple of a steamboat get the upper hand of him in a minute.
  3. A prideful boasting or bragging.
Translations Translations Translations Adjective


  1. (slang, archaic) Fashionable; trendy.
    • It is to be a very swagger affair, with notables from every part of Europe, and they seem determined that no one connected with a newspaper shall be admitted.
    • Mrs J.J. [Thomson] looked very well and was dressed very swagger and made a very fine hostess.

swagger (plural swaggers)

  1. (Australia, NZ, historical) Synonym of swagman#English|swagman

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