Definitions of strut

  1. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others; " He strut around like a rooster in a hen house."
  2. brace consisting of a bar or rod used to resist longitudinal compression
  3. Protuberant.
  4. To swell; to bulge out.
  5. To walk with a lofty, proud gait, and erect head; to walk with affected dignity.
  6. The act of strutting; a pompous step or walk.
  7. In general, any piece of a frame which resists thrust or pressure in the direction of its own length. See Brace, and Illust. of Frame, and Roof.
  8. Any part of a machine or structure, of which the principal function is to hold things apart; a brace subjected to compressive stress; -- the opposite of stay, and tie.
  9. To hold apart. Cf. Strut, n., 3.
  10. A proud or affected step or walk with the head erect; a brace or bar for keeping two parts of a framework from coming nearer together.
  11. To walk with a pompous or conceited air, or with affected dignity.
  12. Strutted.
  13. Strutting.
  14. To walk in a pompous manner: to walk with affected dignity:- pr. p. strutting; pa. t. and pa. p. strutted.
  15. A proud step or walk: affectation of dignity in walking.
  16. A pompous walk.
  17. A prop; oblique supporting beam.
  18. To walk in a pompous manner.
  19. To walk with pompous gait.
  20. A proud or pompous step.
  21. A compression- member in a framework, keeping two others apart.
  22. A lofty proud step or walk, with the head erect; affectation of dignity in walking; a piece of timber obliquely placed to support a rafter.
  23. To walk with a lofty proud gait and erect head; to walk with affected dignity or pomposity.
  24. A lofty proud step or walk with the head erect; affected dignity in walking.
  25. In arch., a piece of timber set slanting as a support to a beam.

Usage examples for strut

  1. He did not think that to strut, and smoke cigars, and talk loud or big, and commence most of his sentences with Aw! – The Red Eric by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. The valet came in with an important strut. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  3. Des soon ez dey come up, Brer Rabbit, he tuck'n 'gun ter talk biggity en strut 'roun', en, Man- Sir! – Nights With Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
  4. How like Boileau's parson I strut behind my double chin! – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  5. And behind thee, me, Yasmini, whispering wisdom and laughing to see the politicians strut! – Caves of Terror by Talbot Mundy
  6. So he was profoundly impressed, and accordingly proud, and added half an inch to the high- knee action of his strut. – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  7. He likes to strut around and talk big. – The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton W. Burgess
  8. He used to strut about the back yard, and frequent the kitchen door, very much after the fashion of a house- dog. – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  9. We are a thousand times wiser, Lucy, than these important beings, these mighty lords, " Who strut and fret their hour upon the stage;" and, instead of playing the part in life which nature dictates to their reason and their hearts, act a borrowed one at the will of others. – The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke
  10. There was no strut left in him as he rose to his feet, rather slowly, and faced his laughing audience; but he rallied after a moment and good- naturedly joined in the laugh against himself. – Dorothy on a Ranch by Evelyn Raymond
  11. You swell and strut on her pickings. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  12. " Of course, now, you hear human people swell and brag and strut round about how they are different from the animals and have something they call a soul that the animals haven't got, but that's just the natural conceit of this electricity or something before it has found out much about itself. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  13. I had seen him nearly killed a few days before by the sudden up- swing of a sixteen- ton strut. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  14. This paling in itself was English, and the very strut of the barn- door fowl reminded her of Warren's Grove. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade