What does the word swagger mean?

Usage examples for swagger

  1. As for the young Countess, she sat there smiling, while the clumsy dragoons came rattling up, beaming at my red riding- breeches, and all saluting the Countess with a cheerful yet respectful swagger that touched me deeply as I noted the lines of hunger in their lean jaws. – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  2. America, under all its swagger, did still really believe that Europe was its fountain and its mother, because Europe was more fully civilised. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
  3. Being little or no fancy among it, the fast young gentlemen of the town, finding nothing worthy their attention and taste, make a few cursory observations, and slowly swagger out of the ring. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams