I. intransitive verb Etymology: perhaps akin to Middle High German swanken to sway; akin to Middle Dutch swanc supple Date: 1708 show off, swagger; also boast 1 II. adjective Etymology: Middle Low German or Middle Dutch swanc supple; akin to Old High German swingan to swing Date: 1773 Scottish full of life or energy ; active III. adjective or swanky (swanker or swankier; -est) Date: circa 1842 1. characterized by showy display ; ostentatious <
a swank limousine
2. fashionably elegant ; smart <
a swank restaurant
swankily adverbswankiness noun IV. noun Date: circa 1854 1. arrogance or ostentation of dress or manner ; pretentiousness, swagger 2. elegance, fashionableness

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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