- The definition of swagger is an overly confident and arrogant walk or mannerism.
The haughty, confident walk of someone who knows he is good looking is an example of a swagger.
- Swagger is defined as walking or behaving in an arrogant, confident manner.
When you walk into the room as if you own the place and all eyes should be on you, this is an example of when you swagger.
- to walk with a bold, arrogant, or lordly stride; strut
- to boast, brag, or show off in a loud, superior manner
Origin of swaggerprobably from Norwegian dialect, dialectal svagra, to sway in walking, frequentative of svagga, to sway from Indo-European base an unverified form swek-, to bend, turn
intransitive verbswag·gered, swag·ger·ing, swag·gers
- To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air.
- To brag; boast.
Origin of swaggerProbably frequentative of swag
(third-person singular simple present swaggers, present participle swaggering, simple past and past participle swaggered)
A frequentative form of swag (“to sway"), first attested in 1590, in A Midsummer Night's Dream III.i.79:
- PUCK: What hempen homespuns have we swaggering here?