AskDefine | Define gasconade

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gasconade n : an instance of boastful talk; "his brag is worse than his fight"; "whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade" [syn: brag, bragging, crow, crowing, vaporing, line-shooting] v : show off [syn: boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt]

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Possibly from 18th-century slang "Gascon" (a braggart).



  1. obsolete derogatory Boastful talk.
    "This Gasconade surprised Le Maitre — 'You'll see,' said he, whispering to me, 'that he does not know a single note.'"
    "Just now... a cry from the opposite party who are content when they have enough, and like to look on and enjoy in the meanwhile, savours a little of bravado and gasconade."



  1. obsolete derogatory To talk boastfully.
    "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."
    "...he gasconaded on the theme of his personal exploits in the Seven Years' War of France in Spain, as if he had been as prime a sword-player as Murat..."


Usage notes

Seldom used after the late 19th century. Appears overwhelmingly in references to the French.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

blow, bluff, bluster, bluster and bluff, boast, bounce, brag, bully, cock-a-doodle-doo, crow, draw the longbow, flourish, hector, intimidate, mouth, out-herod Herod, prate, puff, rage, rant, rave, rodomontade, roister, rollick, slang, speak for Buncombe, splutter, sputter, storm, swagger, swashbuckle, vapor, vaunt
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