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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [swangk]
    • /swæŋk/
    • /swæŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [swangk]
    • /swæŋk/

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

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Parts of speech for Swank


swank popularity

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".

swank usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for swank

adj 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.

noun swank

  • 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.

verb swank

  • burred — prickly or rough in texture.
  • burring — a pronunciation of the r- sound as a uvular trill, as in certain Northern English dialects.
  • cut dead — to snub completely
  • iced — of or made of ice: ice shavings; an ice sculpture.
  • lording — lord.

adjective swank

  • 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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