Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 18, 2020 is:

braggadocio • brag-uh-DOH-see-oh  • noun

1 a : empty boasting

b : arrogant pretension : cockiness

2 : a person given to arrogant boasting : braggart


“The musical numbers, all penned by Miranda, slide easily from the braggadocio of ’90s rap to the lilt of Harlem jazz and beyond. Miraculously, nothing sounds excessively show-tuney.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 30 June 2020

“It’s the first time in his life that Jack has hit anyone, but there are a lot of intangibles behind it (all those fake fights and phantom punches thrown, all that idle braggadocio from stunt men between takes), and with a beginner’s luck it lands just right on the side of Petty’s face….” — Daniel Pyne, Twentynine Palms, 2010

Did you know?

Though Braggadocio is not as well-known as other fictional characters like Pollyanna, the Grinch, or Scrooge, in lexicography he holds a special place next to them as one of the many characters whose name has become an established word in English. The English poet Edmund Spenser originally created Braggadocio as a personification of boasting in his epic poem The Faerie Queene. As early as 1594, about four years after the poem was published, English speakers began using the name as a general term for any blustering blowhard.

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