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The team swaggered onto the court—full of confidence.
  walk or behave in a highly confident or proud manner — often arrogant and sometimes to impress or intimidate others
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Swagger is often used to imply that someone moves or behaves as though they are so strong and capable as to be above physical fear. Such people are often portrayed on television as cowboys or gang members.
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  • The team swaggered onto the court—full of confidence.
  • The cowboy swaggered into the saloon with his holster unstrapped.
  • I swaggered down the sidewalk.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • He’s not here, she told herself again, but in that instant she saw him again, swaggering through the crowd, flanked by two friends.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • And now I can see him, see that pointed white grin and his eyes so dark and cruel, and he’s swaggering through the crowd, he’s got us surrounded with punks, everywhere I turn there’s another mean face trying to look as tough as Tony D. In a small voice I say, "Tell me what to do," and Freak pats me on the shoulder and says, "Just give me a nanosecond to process the alternatives."
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • The glowing swords begin swaggering forward from forty feet away.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • No bold, swaggering expressions strutted across her face as the glow of the castle rippled in her eyes.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I’d pile Headmistress’s best china on my head and walk with a wobble and a swagger till every piece was smashed.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Scene: McNab the father swaggers bare-armed out the front door, bellowing back, "Do yer homework!"
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Jimmy swaggered over to the phone with a huge smile on his face.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me

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  • Goeth was a stout man with an arrogant sneer and a bully’s swagger.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • One of his shoes is untied but, with his belly leading the way, he has a new swagger in his step.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I grumble and swat and swagger.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Feeling they had the upper hand and wanting to quit while they were ahead, Du Hai and Yang Fan picked up their schoolbags and swaggered off.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • He’d been a member of the WBP gang before joining the robotics team, and he tried to walk with a tough guy’s swagger.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • It was through this piecemeal gathering of bits and pieces that I learned an unnamed man had gotten drunk, come to Anna’s house, swaggered and stumbled about the house brandishing a pistol and "talkin’ big."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But I suppose that’s what Cordelia and I looked like then, to older people, crossing the street right here with our collars turned up and our eyebrows plucked into sceptical arches, swaggering in our rubber boots and straining for nonchalance, on our way down to Union Station where the trains came in, to put our quarters into the photo machine, four shots in monochrome, wallet-sized.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He loved to berate me in front of his men, my dad — swaggering around like a Mafia boss, saying I owed him money for this and that, taking it out of my quote unquote ’salary.’
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A fantastically huge, roiling cloud, glowing bluish gray, swaggered over the city.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He was imitating her swaggering way of speaking, as if she cared about nothing.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Anatole with his swaggering air strode up to the window.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As he spoke, his voice kept losing its swaggering gaiety, and it slipped to a dead flatness on the last sentences.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Why swagger, then?My colleagues in medical school accused me of cynicism but they had no idea.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Drunk? and speak parrot? and squabble? swagger? swear? and discourse fustian with one’s own shadow?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I quickly started to pick up on their lingo and style, the swagger of my new teammates and neighborhood friends.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • And now Al, moving humbly near, saw that his brother was not a swaggerer as he had supposed.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He cautioned her about the catches on the windows and doors and swaggered off to Winter Park.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • He swaggered away happily with the proud smile of a champion, his shriveled head high and his emaciated chest out.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Malfoy swaggered forward when his name was called and got his wish at once: the hat had barely touched his head when it screamed, "SLYTHERIN!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He was older than the men in Eddie’s troop, a lifetime military man with a lanky swagger and a prominent chin that gave him a resemblance to a movie actor of the day.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • A swaggering babe accustomed to strut in his own dooryard.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He was, altogether, as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six, or something less, in the bluchers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He did not go skipping and prancing, but moved with a dignified swagger as became a pirate who felt that the public eye was on him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A terror to the smiling innocence of the villages through which he floats; his swart visage and bold swagger are not unshunned in cities.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Get out of here, you lousy, brainless, swaggering moron!" snarled Dr. Stadler.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When one is a veritable man, one holds equally aloof from swagger and from affected airs.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I headed back for Ras’s meeting with a bold swagger.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Is not the English almost as fine as the Greek, even if Fitzgerald cannot quite match Homer’s swagger?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He sits lightly, poised, upright, wooden-faced in the saddle, the broken hat raked at a swaggering angle.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • In fact, his conduct approached that of a bully, and he was given to swaggering up and down before Spitz’s very nose.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He was a short, thick-set man, with coarse, commonplace features, and that swaggering air of pretension which marks a low man who is trying to elbow his way upward in the world.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • We were a proud pair, dropping by the pool hall, playing a quick game of eight ball, and then, as the sky darkened, swaggering down the sidewalk.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The policemen in our town had the most boring jobs in the world, but they still liked to strut around with a swagger or sit in coffee shops while they talked about the "big crime," as if they’d cracked the case of the Lindbergh baby.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • But Cyrus had vitality and swagger.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The soldiers who like to wear uniforms, who like to strut and swagger and wear redandblack scarves.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He reflected that this coalition of four young, brave, enterprising, and active men ought to have some other object than swaggering walks, fencing lessons, and practical jokes, more or less witty.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He looks like a rock star, but he has none of a rock star’s swagger and braggadocio and staginess.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The impermanence of a collapsible church added to the frivolity, and their eyes flashed and winked and the girls giggled little silver drops in the dusk while the boys postured and swaggered and pretended not to notice.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He looks quickly from side to side, and when he realizes that no one in the crowd has noticed anything, he straightens his lapels in righteous indignation and swaggers toward the back entrance.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She talked with a swagger, seeming to be proud of this fact.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
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