swank definition by Webster's New World
- stylish display or ostentation in dress, etc.
- swaggering, ostentatious behavior, speech, etc.
Origin: origin, 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
swank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective swank·er, swank·est
- Imposingly fashionable or elegant; grand. See Synonyms at fashionable.
- Ostentatious; pretentious.
- Smartness in style or bearing; elegance.
Origin: Perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken, to swing.
Variant of swink