v. strut·ted, strut·ting, struts
To walk with pompous bearing; swagger.
1. To display in order to impress others. Sometimes used with out: Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.
a. To provide (a structure) with a strut or struts.
b. To brace or separate with a strut.
1. A pompous, self-important gait.
2. A structural element used to brace or strengthen a framework by resisting stress or compression.
strut (one's) stuff Slang
To behave or perform in an ostentatious manner; show off.
[Middle English strouten, to stand out, from Old English strūtian, to stand out stiffly; see ster-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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replica of a British World War I Sopwith Camel fighter plane with struts between the wings
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