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From French bravade (bragging or boasting), from Italian bravata, from verb bravare (brag, boast), from bravo.


  • IPA(key): /bɹɑːˈvɑːdoʊ/, /brəˈvɑːdoʊ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑːdəʊ


bravado (countable and uncountable, plural bravados or bravadoes)

  1. A swaggering show of defiance or courage.
    The angry customer stood in the middle of the showroom and voiced his complaints with loud bravado.
    • 1990 Amy Longsdorf, K.T. Oslin: Personality, Wit and Style To Spare", The Morning Call[1]
      Songs like "Hey Bobby", and "Do Ya" drip with innuendo and sexual bravado.
    • 2019 May 12, Alex McLevy, “Westeros faces a disastrous final battle on the penultimate Game of Thrones (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[2]:
      Stripped of all bravado, Cersei breaks, and shows the very scared, vulnerable woman who has kept her emotions at bay. “I don’t want to die,” she whimpers, “Not like this.” It’s all the more moving for coming from a character who built her identity on steely resolve and contempt for such hoary conceits as fear.
    • Rosa Mulholland, The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly
      For a bravado he had the organ taken down and conveyed to his father's house, where he had it put up in the chamber where it now stands. It was also for a bravado that he played on it every day. But, by−and−by, the amount of time which he spent at it daily began to increase rapidly.
  2. A false show of courage. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (obsolete) A swaggerer; a braggart.



bravado (third-person singular simple present bravados, present participle bravadoing, simple past and past participle bravadoed)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To swagger; to brag.