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See also: Gasconade
- Boastful talk.
- 1652, Thomas Urquhart, “Εκσκυβαλαυρον [Ekskubalauron] (The Jewel)”, in The Works of Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty, Knight, Edinburgh: Thomas Maitland Dundrennan, published 1834, →ISBN, page 217:
- 1687, Reflections on the Historical Part of Church Government, volume 5, Oxford: Theatre, page 60:
- If the Author was Jesuite enough to say this to himself, before he wrote it, he may come off. If not, it will prove a most unconscionable Gasconade. Pate a was never Bishop of Rochester, but of Worcester; he was not Banish'd, but Fed; and this not in King Edward's time, but in King Henry's.
- 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, page 816:
- Nor was the president's talk of abundant and inexhaustible resources mere gasconade.
- (obsolete) Of or pertaining to exaggeration or extravagant boasting; bombastic.
- 1714, Richard Steele, “A Journey to Paris in 1713”, in The Lover, & Selected Papers from "The Englishman", "Town Talk", "The Reader", "The Spinster", Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, published 1889, The Englishman, page 320:
- But Poetry and her sister arts are now in the decline; since the Gasconade style is out of date they seem quite at a stand.
- (obsolete, derogatory) To talk boastfully.
- 1817, The Quarterly Review, review of "Wilks's Historical Sketches of the South of India", page 57:
- The Frenchman, not being able to bring the precise number, received only, as the first month's pay, 2,000 rupees. He demanded an audience, talked loud, and gasconaded.
Seldom used after the late 19th century. Appears overwhelmingly in references to the French.