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bravado

Definition:

a swaggering show of courage

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plurals:

bravadoes | bravados

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

bluster

Etymology:

French bravade "bragging, boasting", from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural] | swagger [synonym]

vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger (7 of 449 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bravado

Wikipedia:

Bravado [disambiguation]

may refer to: A pretense of bravery | The Bravados, a 1958 western film | "Bravado", a song by Rush on their 1991 album, Roll the Bones | Bravado (EP), the debut extended play by Australian electronic band Miami Horror | Bravado (Nightingale album) | ... (40 of 105 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bravado

Merriam-Webster:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural]

blustering swaggering conduct ; a pretense of bravery | the quality or state of being foolhardy (15 of 79 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bravado

Oxford Dictionary:

bravado

a bold manner or a show of boldness intended to impress or intimidate (13 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bravado

American Heritage Dictionary:

bravado | bravados [plural] | bravadoes [plural]

Defiant or swaggering behavior | A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery. | A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of ... (22 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bravado

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bravado [uncountable]

a brave and confident way of behaving, especially when you do not really feel like this (16 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bravado

Cambridge Dictionary:

bravado

a show of bravery, especially when unnecessary and dangerous, to make people admire you (14 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bravado

New World Dictionary:

bravado

pretended courage or defiant confidence when one is really afraid (10 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bravado

Wiktionary:

bravado | bravados [plural] | bravadoes [plural]

A swaggering show of defiance or courage. | A false show of courage. (12 of 16 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bravado

Random House Dictionary:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural]

a pretentious, swaggering display of courage. (6 of 14 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bravado

Britannica Encyclopedia:

fanfare [music]

originally a brief musical formula played on trumpets, horns, or similar "natural" instruments, sometimes accompanied by percussion, for signal ... (19 of 335 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/201500​/fanfare

Encarta Dictionary:

bravado

a real or pretended display of courage or boldness (9 of 42 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592476​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bravado

First use: 1580s

Origin: French bravade "bragging, boasting", from Italian bravata "bragging, boasting" (16th century), from bravare "brag, boast, be ... (17 of 29 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bravado

Merriam-Webster:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural]

First use: about 1580

Origin: Middle French bravade and Old Spanish bravata, from Old Italian bravata, from bravare to challenge, show off, from bravo

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bravado

Collins Dictionary:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Spanish bravada (modern bravata), from Old Italian bravare to challenge, provoke, from bravo wild, brave

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bravado

American Heritage Dictionary:

bravado | bravados [plural] | bravadoes [plural]

Origin: French bravade and Old Spanish bravada, swagger, bravery, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *brabus, brave; see "brave".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bravado

Wiktionary:

bravado | bravados [plural] | bravadoes [plural]

Origin: French bravade ("bragging or boasting"). Which comes from Italian bravata, from verb bravare ("brag, boast"), from bravo.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bravado

Oxford Dictionary:

bravado

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Spanish bravada, from bravo "bold" (see "brave", "-ado")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bravado

New World Dictionary:

bravado

Origin: altered from Spanish bravada from bravo, "brave"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bravado

Encarta Dictionary:

bravado

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Alteration of Spanish bravada from bravo

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592476​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bravado | bravadoes [plural] | bravados [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bravado"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bravado

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bravado [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bravado"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bravado

Macmillan American Dictionary:

bravado [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bravado"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bravado

Cambridge Dictionary:

bravado

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bravado"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bravado"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bravado

the Free Dictionary:

bravado

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bravado"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "bravado"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "bravado" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/bravado

Google Dictionary:

bravado

Audio: English pronunciation of "bravado"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bravado

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bravado"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=bravad​01 word=bravado

YourDictionary Audio:

bravado

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bravado" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bravado

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