1. Empty boasting; bragging.
2. A boasting person; braggart.
Isn't that a wonderful word -- braggadocio? It's such an elegant way of saying braggart. And the definition of a braggart is someone who is boastful and self-aggrandizing. Every office has at least one braggadocio. They are usually so busy
We have a braggadocio in our office, and she is wonderful, and don't we know it because she keeps telling us she is wonderful. It's very difficult to deal with a braggadocio. We get to a point where we listen to yet another of their stories about how great and accomplished they are, and we would like to say, "Oh, please, just shut up now..." but we must smile and nod and say, "Yes, yes, you are so clever. We are mere peóns compared to you and your extraordinary knowledge and skills ..."
The trouble with being a braggadocio is that sooner or later they get found out. "Oh, yes, I can leap tall buildings with one hand tied behind my back; I've done it many times. I was given an award for doing it, not long ago... Here, let me show you how it's done..."
And that is when we feel just the slightest tinge of Schadenfreude as we watch them fail. Braggadocios never learn, do they? They just go on to brag another day, and we continue to endure them.
I have come to the conclusion that braggadocios are actually lacking in confidence. More often than not they are unsure of themselves and their abilities, and as a result they feel compelled to build themselves up. A lot. They cross the line between confidence and exaggeration. Unfortunately, they are able to hoodwink the majority of people -- for quite a while at least. But eventually their bragging rights go past their "best by" date, and their stories become stale. I am hoping that is the case with our braggadocio, because I am very close to the point of saying, "Oh, please, just shut up now..."
“We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson
"We wound our modesty, and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them." ~~ William Shakespeare