Complete Definition of "gasconade"

English

Alternative forms
Gasconade

Etymology

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

Pronunciation
rhymes|eɪd

Noun
en-noun

  1. obsolete|derogatory Boastful talk.

#*1782, W. Cunningham Mallory, translation of Confessions by w:Jean-Jacques Rousseau|Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Book III 1:
#:"This Gasconade surprised Le Maitre â 'You'll see,' said he, whispering to me, 'that he does not know a single note.'"
#*1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, wikisource:Virginibus_Puerisque#CHAPTER_III_-_AN_APOLOGY_FOR_IDLERS|Virginibus Puerisque Chapter III:
#:"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."

Translations
German: Gascognade f

Verb
en-verb|gasconad|es

  1. obsolete|derogatory To talk boastfully.

#*1817, review of "Wilks's Historical Sketches of the South of India," in The Quarterly Review 2, page 57:
#:"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."
#*1847, Dorothy (Wordsworth) Quillinan, Journal of a Few Months Residence in Portugal and Glimpses of the South of Spain 3, page 246:
#:"...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..."

Synonyms
bluster
boast

Usage notes

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

vi:gasconade
zh:gasconade

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