Fanfaron

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fanfaron A bully; a hector; a swaggerer; an empty boaster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fanfaron A bully; a hector; a swaggerer; an empty boaster; a vain pretender.
    • n fanfaron Noisy or boastful parade; ostentation; fanfare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fanfaron one who uses bravado: a blusterer, braggart
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. fanfarron,; cf. It. fanfano, and OSp. fanfa, swaggering, boasting, also Ar. farfār, talkative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fanfare, perh. from the sound.

Usage

In literature:

Peregrine, glowing with resentment, called him a fanfaron, and withdrew in expectation of being followed into the street.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I" by Tobias Smollett
Mr. Fanfaron is a mere barrister, and Mr. Boyce is a mere clergyman.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
Les Gascons sont fanfarons, mais au moins ils sont braves.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
Deuced unlikely: rigged out in that fanfaron fashion.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
Now the fanfaron was of trumpets, drums, guns, and clapping hands, but soon wedding-bells would call the tune.
"The Pocahontas-John Smith Story" by Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
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