from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Swank.

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  • adj. Rather posh, elegant, ritzy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An active or clever young fellow.
  • n. Any weak fermented drink; cheap beer.
  • n. A drink composed of water, molasses, and vinegar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. imposingly fashionable and elegant


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  • Went from 4 stories in swanky hood to 2 stories in less-swanky, but much more convenient hood.

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  • While frolicking tourists sunbathe on beaches and dine in swanky resorts, while a few thousand elite Moroccans are living high on the hog, millions of malnourished, destitute, and sallow Moroccans in remote rural areas scratch the dirt for survival and take shelter in dwellings so sparsely furnished and poorly built that they look like caves.

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  • The settlers live large on the West Bank, often in swanky houses, using up 80% of the available water (while nearby Palestinian farmers watch their livestock die of thirst*), and sitting on vast reserves of unused land allocated to them by the Israeli state.

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  • Despite their brevity, I just love her tastes in swanky background music (the theme from Mannix — yeah!).

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  • Although this film boasts beautiful black and white cinematography and Joan looks great in swanky Adrian-designed duds, this film falls short of the ‘33 version in every department.

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  • Bukowski Tavern, a craft-beer bar, isn't exactly what I'd call "swanky," on account of the high tattoo coverage, but it did serve as the perfect search result when I told the app I wanted to be "around hipsters" also, I believe, a circle of hell.

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  • The Overnighter from Benefit Cosmetics, is described as a swanky sleepover set.


  • Hopmeyer lived well too, driving a 2005 Jaguar XJ and calling a swanky Yorkville pad home.

  • It's hard not to smile at the thought of the climax of a certain kind of swanky but unimaginative 90s dinner party being marked by the arrival of the aptly named chocolate nemesis.

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  • It seems 'swanky' to say so, but once you get over the first shock you go on chewing biscuits and tobacco when the shells are bursting all round.

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