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Definition of "swank" [swank]

  • Imposingly fashionable or elegant; grand. See Synonyms at fashionable. (adjective)
  • Ostentatious; pretentious. (adjective)
  • Smartness in style or bearing; elegance. (noun)
  • Swagger. (noun)
  • To act ostentatiously or pretentiously; swagger. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swank" in a sentence
  • "Putin's gang? put enemy combatants up in swank hotels? terrorists do NOT have "rights." if you think Gitmo was "tourture," then you missed my historical examples and perspective of not being the "polite warrior." there is no such thing as a John Kerry "gentle, kinder" type of war. true, ideally, wars should be avoided, but not at the cost of selling one's own life/country out."
  • "They host affairs in swank clubs and glitzy restaurants."
  • "He was evidently, immensely pleased with his own little bit of book-learning; he even insisted on talking and writing Latin -- pure "swank" -- whereas his family would surely have preferred their native Frankish."