- The definition of bravado is behavior by a scared person that shows courage.
An example of bravado is showing false confidence while interviewing for a job for which you are unqualified.
Origin: altered ; from Spanish bravada ; from bravo, brave
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noun pl. bra·va·dos or bra·va·does
- a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.b. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
- A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
Origin: French bravade and Old Spanish bravada, swagger, bravery, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *brabus, brave; see brave.