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: a statement expressing excessive pride in oneself : the act or an instance of boasting (see boast entry 2) : brag
It may sound like a boast, but I truly am very wealthy.
: a cause for pride


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verb (1)

boasted; boasting; boasts

intransitive verb

: to praise oneself extravagantly in speech : speak of oneself with excessive pride
boasting about her accomplishments
archaic : glory, exult

transitive verb

: to speak of or assert with excessive pride
He liked to boast that he was the richest man in town.
: to possess and often call attention to (something that is a source of pride)
boasts a new stadium
: have, contain
a room boasting no more than a desk and a chair
boaster noun


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verb (2)

boasted; boasting; boasts

transitive verb

: to shape (stone) roughly in sculpture and stonecutting as a preliminary to finer work
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

Noun When he says he's the richest man in town, he's not just making an idle boast. We were offended by his boast that he would easily beat us. The museum's proudest boast is its collection of rare gems.
Recent Examples on the Web
Just as modern sports boast athletes who specialize in certain positions, so too were there several different types of Roman gladiators — each an expert in their weapon and possessing a specific skill set. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2021 Dopamine levels change as a result of winning or losing, with winners getting a hormone boast that will give them an edge in the next confrontation, called the winner effect. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2016 Its four Japanese stainless steel blade styles (straight, wavy, julienne, and french fry) cut fruits and vegetables to various thicknesses in 0.5-millimeter intervals, racking up a boast-worthy 21 different ways to slice. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 2022 Picturesque casitas boast secluded yards with outdoor patios and bathtubs. Meg Donohue, ELLE, 11 Nov. 2022 Already, many banks that boast of their ESG credentials are engaged in an awkward tap dance, playing up their oil and gas holdings in correspondence with red-state officials. Erika Fry, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2022 Contrary to expectations and President Joe Biden’s boast of collapsing the ‘rouble to rubble’ however, the currency soon recovered sharply. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 The Tigers boast wins over solid programs like Spencer County, Nelson County and Union County. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 26 Nov. 2022 The boast drew an indignant response from Mr. Manchin, whose state is a top coal producer and generates some 90% of its electricity from coal. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022
Those countries are, of course, powerhouses India, England and Australia who each boast billion dollar broadcast deals which underpin being able to play Test cricket regularly. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Indian bay leaves, or tej patta or cassia bay leaves, come from the Indian cassia tree and boast citrusy and spiced notes, Cook’s Illustrated says. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2023 These picks from Amazon all come in under $1,000 and offer the same quality of comfort and design that more expensive couches boast. Eden Lichterman, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2023 From the Moroccan Sahara to Australia’s Blue Mountains, these ultramarathons boast scenery that will (nearly) distract you from the long slog and tempt even non-runners—at least to watch. Ryan Lenora Brown, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2022 Many modern bowling alleys boast video games, laser tag and even a full movie theater in some cases. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Nov. 2022 The Cougars were once known for their offense but now boast the Pac-12's top defense, which makes this game a formidable challenge. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2022 While both dip powder and gel manicures boast longevity (think two to three weeks for DIY efforts, but potentially up to a month), dip powder manicures don't require UV light-curing lamps. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2022 And similar to their baggy denim and cargo pant counterparts, parachute pants boast comfort galore while looking more thoughtful than sweats (including the cute but still quite cas yoga pants resurgence). Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb (1)

Middle English boost

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boast was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the act of boasting
: a cause for pride
boastful adjective
boastfully adverb
boastfulness noun


2 of 2 verb
: to praise one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments
: to have and display proudly
our band boasted new uniforms
boaster noun

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