AskDefine | Define braggadocio

Dictionary Definition

braggadocio n : vain and empty boasting [syn: bluster, rodomontade, rhodomontade]

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After Braggadocchio, boastful character in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queen (1590), apparenty a pseudo- coinage.


  • /ˌbɹægəˈdəʊʧɪəʊ/


  1. A braggart.
  2. Empty boasting.

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Extensive Definition

Braggadocio is a geometrically constructed sans-serif stencil typeface designed by W.A. Woolley in 1930 for the Monotype Corporation.
Though a stencil face, Braggadocio bears comparison with the heavier weighted Didone faces like Thorogood, Poster Bodonii, and Fat Face. A product of the Art Deco era, Braggadocio shares similarites with Architype Albers and Futura Black, the typeface used in the wordmark of Au Bon Pain, a U.S. restaurant-bakery chain.
The lowercase characters a, f, c, and s have terminals similar to the fat face model. The face is unusual in a topological sense in that none of the characters has a circular counter-form (hole).


  • Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson. The Encyclopædia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983. ISBN 0-7137-1347-X.
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