browbeat vs swagger what difference

what is difference between browbeat and swagger


Alternative forms

  • brow-beat


brow +‎ beat


  • (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /ˈbɹaʊ.biːt/


browbeat (third-person singular simple present browbeats, present participle browbeating, simple past browbeat, past participle browbeaten)

  1. (transitive) To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.
    Though the teacher browbeat all the children, they still acted out during the lesson.


  • (to bully in an intimidating way): bully, cow, domineer, intimidate

Related terms

  • browbeater



  • browbeat in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • browbeat in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈswæɡ.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈswæɡ.ɚ/
  • Rhymes: -æɡə(r)

Etymology 1

A frequentative form of swag (to sway), first attested in 1590, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream III.i.79:

  • PUCK: What hempen homespuns have we swaggering here?


swagger (third-person singular simple present swaggers, present participle swaggering, simple past and past participle swaggered)

  1. To behave (especially to walk or carry oneself) in a pompous, superior manner.
    • 1845, Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil
      a man who swaggers about London clubs
  2. To boast or brag noisily; to bluster; to bully.
    • 1698, Jeremy Collier, A Moral Essay upon Pride
      To be great is not [] to swagger at our footmen.
    • 1724, Jonathan Swift, The Drapier’s Letters, Dublin and London, 1730, Letter 1, p. 14,[1]
      For the common Soldier when he goes to the Market or Ale-house will offer this Money, and if it be refused, perhaps he will SWAGGER and HECTOR, and Threaten to Beat the BUTCHER or Ale-Wife, or take the Goods by Force, and throw them the bad HALF-PENCE.
  3. To walk with a swaying motion.
Derived terms
  • swaggerer
  • swaggeringly
  • swagger it
  • aswagger


swagger (countable and uncountable, plural swaggers)

  1. Confidence, pride.
  2. A bold or arrogant strut.
  3. A prideful boasting or bragging.


swagger (comparative more swagger, superlative most swagger)

  1. (slang, archaic) Fashionable; trendy.
    • 1899, Robert Barr, Jennie Baxter, Journalist
      It is to be a very swagger affair, with notables from every part of Europe, and they seem determined that no one connected with a newspaper shall be admitted.
    • 15 March, 1896, Ernest Rutherford, letter to Mary Newton
      Mrs J.J. [Thomson] looked very well and was dressed very swagger and made a very fine hostess.
    • 1908, Baroness Orczy, The Old Man in the Corner
      Mrs. Morton was well known for her Americanisms, her swagger dinner parties, and beautiful Paris gowns.

Etymology 2


swagger (plural swaggers)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, historical) Synonym of swagman



  • waggers

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