boast

noun
\ ˈbōst How to pronounce boast (audio) \

Definition of boast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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.
2 : a cause for pride

boast

verb (1)
boasted; boasting; boasts

Definition of boast (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 : to speak of or assert with excessive pride He liked to boast that he was the richest man in town.
2a : 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

verb (2)
boasted; boasting; boasts

Definition of boast (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to shape (stone) roughly in sculpture and stonecutting as a preliminary to finer work

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Verb (1)

boaster noun

Synonyms for boast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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Verb (1)

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

Examples of boast in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were few other specifics beyond the classic Trumpian boast. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "Six Takeaways From Thursday’s Dueling Trump and Biden Town Halls," 16 Oct. 2020 The Browns' boast one of the best edge players in all of football in Myles Garrett. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts injuries: Anthony Castonzo, Darius Leonard OUT Sunday against Browns," 9 Oct. 2020 One frequent boast is that his signing of a China trade deal earlier this year is straightening out decades of imbalance between the two nations. Aamer Madhani, chicagotribune.com, "Check’s in the mail: Trump offering government aid, including cash, in weeks before the election," 1 Oct. 2020 While another Katy ISD school has yet to match the Tigers with a championship game appearance, several boast notable achievements in recent years. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy football seeks history in 100th UIL season," 23 Sep. 2020 Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger each boast over 1 billion active monthly users. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Facebook takes a big step in linking Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp," 30 Sep. 2020 Very few golfers, though, boast of Curran’s ability on the course. Pat Disabato, chicagotribune.com, "Boys golf notes: Clemson recruit Sean Curran concentrates on short game, ‘put the work in’ around greens for Lincoln-Way Central," 23 Sep. 2020 Trump is known for the occasional, exaggerated boast, but this is apparently the real deal. TheWeek, "Trump told Bob Woodward the U.S. has an 'incredible' new secret nuclear weapons system," 9 Sep. 2020 These are the people on LinkedIn who connect with anyone and boast of having 10,000 contacts. Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "Finding the right stage on LinkedIn," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At 4-1, the Ravens boast the league's greatest point differential (+73) by a wide margin. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles: Live stream, how to watch, odds, time," 18 Oct. 2020 Lastly, aggressive shoes boast the most dramatic angle, as both the ball of your foot and your toes are curled downward. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best women’s rock climbing shoe," 17 Oct. 2020 The pro boxing card Oct. 31 at the Alamodome will boast several big matchups, including San Antonio’s own Mario Barrios attempting the first defense of his WBA super lightweight title. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: University Health System, facing financial challenges, keeps growing," 16 Oct. 2020 California, Texas and Florida boast the highest number of LGBTQ candidates running in 2020, according to the Victory Fund. NBC News, "Over 500 LGBTQ candidates to appear on November ballots, shattering records," 12 Oct. 2020 Most companies don’t boast about their penchant for firing people. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Is the controversial Netflix “Keeper Test” good management?," 28 Sep. 2020 The Roadrunners currently boast a 3-0 overall record (1-0 Conference USA) and were set to face University of Alabama at Birmingham Saturday. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU in review: Unbeaten path forward becomes clearer following rout of La. Tech; Zach Wilson continues to sizzle," 3 Oct. 2020 Yet in the dismal realm of covid-19, bigger numbers are nothing to boast of. The Economist, "India v Pakistan v covid-19 Is Pakistan really handling the pandemic better than its rival?," 30 Sep. 2020 Luscious rosés boast heady floral aromas and savory flavors. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Lebanon Needs You to Buy Its Wines. And, Yes, They’re Really Good," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of boast

Noun

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

History and Etymology for boast

Noun and Verb (1)

Middle English boost

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boast. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for boast

boast

noun
How to pronounce boast (audio)

English Language Learners 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

boast

verb
\ ˈbōst How to pronounce boast (audio) \
boasted; boasting

Kids Definition of boast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to express too much pride in a person's own qualities, possessions, or achievements Players on the other team boasted of their strength.
2 : to have and be proud of having Our school boasts more top students than any other in the city.

boast

noun

Kids Definition of boast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of expressing too much pride in a person's own qualities, possessions, or achievements
2 : a cause for pride

Other Words from boast

boastful \ ˈbōst-​fəl \ adjective
boastfully adverb

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