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Definitions of swank word
- noun swank dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style. 1
- noun swank a swagger. 1
- adjective swank stylish or elegant. 1
- adjective swank pretentiously stylish. 1
- verb without object swank to swagger in behavior; show off. 1
- verb swank a simple past tense of swink. 1
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Origin of swank
First appearance:before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
1800-10; compare Scots swank lively, perhaps ultimately representing back formation from Old English swancor lithe; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple, Middle High German swanken to sway
Parts of speech for Swank
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for swank
- a go go — as much as you like; to your heart's content; galore: food and drink à gogo.
- a go-go — go-go
- a gogo — as much as one likes; galore
- all the rage — angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage.
- an arm and a leg — If you say that something costs an arm and a leg, you mean that it is very expensive.
- boast — If someone boasts about something that they have done or that they own, they talk about it very proudly, in a way that other people may find irritating or offensive.
- flamboyance — strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors.
- garishness — crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
- grandstand play — an ostentatious play, as in a sport, overemphasized deliberately to elicit applause from spectators.
- heroics — Also, heroical. of, relating to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.
- circumscribed — to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map.
- esthetic — Alternative spelling of aesthetic.
- euphuistic — Of or pertaining to euphuism.
- exclusive — An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.
- exclusory — Having the power or the function of excluding.
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