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swag= very confident attitude or manner.

Does confident here mean that you trust yourself to achieve something? or what are they referring to exactly in this definition?

For example; I am confident(sure) that I will pass my English exam.

So can we go and define swag as a very sure attitude or manner to achieve something you want?

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    I think the word you mean is swagger, not swag. I have never encountered swag with that meaning, and OED 1 does not record it: the closest thing is "a big blustering fellow", which has been obsolete for 250 years. – StoneyB May 31 '17 at 20:28
  • Is your question about the use of the word confident, or is it about the use of the slang word swag? – Rob K Aug 1 '17 at 17:51
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"Swag" (to mean "confidence") is slang, and the meaning and usage will vary with context. Because it is slang, I would recommend not using it in casual conversation until you fully understand all the nuances. Misuse of colloquialisms can be offensive in some contexts.

"Swag" is actually short for "swagger" which literally means "to walk with extreme confidence". Example:

He was dressed casually in jeans and a t-shirt and moved with the swagger of youth, someone without a care in the world.

  • So by google definition, they mean that it's just a confident walk nothing more nothing less? – Okama Ksakas May 31 '17 at 20:36
  • @OkamaKsakas In general, yes, but there can be many nuances, including "an annoying overconfidence". See urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=SWAG – Andrew May 31 '17 at 21:01
  • @OkamaKsakas In the current slang sense of the word, it means confidence in general. At present, the word is typically used by young people, who often (and probably all over the world) invent slang that is different from that of their parents. The word "swagger" does mean to walk with extreme confidence, probably to the point of overconfidence. To further complicate things, an older meaning of the word "swag" (again a slang word, and typical 50 years ago) is "loot." – BobRodes May 31 '17 at 21:02
  • @RobRhodes -- Defining the verb "swagger I'd add an attempt to impress others in the definition. Am I mistaken? BTW, the verb was often used by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett in their novels. – Rompey May 31 '17 at 23:45
  • Yes, but as I said, guys, I need confirmation what does confidence mean in that sentence. Does it mean a very sure attitude or manner to achieve something you want? Like I am very sure that I will pass my exam would mean I am very confident that I will pass my exam, does it mean the same thing with swag in that sentence? – Okama Ksakas Jun 1 '17 at 10:45
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He's got swag.

It just means confidence, but usually guys with confidence don't pass their English exam, they have sex with girls.

And it doesn't mean walking unless it says something like "walks with a swagger".

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