Bravado meaning

brə-vädō
A show of bravery or defiance, often in order to make a false impression or mislead someone.
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Showy courage or defiant confidence, often, specif., when one is actually afraid.
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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.

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The angry customer stood in the middle of the showroom and voiced his complaints with loud bravado.

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A false show of courage.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bravado
Plural:
bravadoes, bravados

Origin of bravado

  • French bravade Old Spanish bravada swagger, bravery both ultimately from Vulgar Latin brabus brave brave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French bravade (“bragging or boasting”). Which comes from Italian bravata, from verb bravare (“brag, boast”), from bravo.

    From Wiktionary