- stylish display or ostentation in dress, etc.
- swaggering, ostentatious behavior, speech, etc.
Origin of swankorigin, originally slang ; from dialect, dialectal intransitive verb , akin to Old English swancor, pliant, supple, with notion of swinging the body: for Indo-European base see swing
- Stylishness or elegance.
- Swagger or pretension.
intransitive verbswanked, swank·ing, swanks
Origin of swankPerhaps akin to Middle High German swanken, to swing.
(comparative swanker, superlative swankest)
- (dated) Fashionably elegant.
- I went to a swank party last night.
- A fashionably elegant person.
- He's such a swank.
- The parvenu was full of swank.
(third-person singular simple present swanks, present participle swanking, simple past and past participle swanked)
- To swagger, to show off.
- Looks like she's going to swank in, flashing her diamonds, then swan out to another party.
Variant of swink