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boast

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noun \ˈbōst\

Simple Definition of boast

  • : a statement in which you express too much pride in yourself or in something you have, have done, or are connected to in some way

  • : a reason to be proud : something impressive that someone or something has or has done

Full Definition of boast

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of boasting :  brag

  2. 2 :  a cause for pride

boast·ful play \ˈbōst-fəl\ adjective
boast·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
boast·ful·ness noun

Examples of boast

  1. When he says he's the richest man in town, he's not just making an idle boast.

  2. We were offended by his boast that he would easily beat us.

  3. The museum's proudest boast is its collection of rare gems.



Origin of boast

Middle English boost


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with boast


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boast

verb

Definition of boast

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to puff oneself up in speech :  speak vaingloriously

  3. 2 archaic :  glory, exult

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to speak of or assert with excessive pride

  6. 2 a :  to possess and often call attention to (something that is a source of pride) <boasts a new stadium> b :  have, contain <a room boasting no more than a desk and a chair>

boast·er noun


14th Century

First Known Use of boast

14th century

Synonym Discussion of boast

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration <boasts of every trivial success>, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride <the town boasts one of the best museums in the area>. brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself <bragging of their exploits>. vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag <vaunted his country's military might>. crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging <crowed after winning the championship>.

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boast

verb

Definition of boast

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shape (stone) roughly in sculpture and stonecutting as a preliminary to finer work



Origin of boast

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1823

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