boast

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noun

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

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verb (1)

boasted; boasting; boasts

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.
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
boaster noun

boast

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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
Noun
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Verb
Alex Carucci, North Reading — The Hornets boast a staggering 31.7 point differential, in large part due to their senior quarterback, whose four passing touchdowns and one rushing score sparked a 40-0 quarterfinal triumph over Apponequet. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2022 The top five metro areas on that list boast two cities in Texas, a state that has boomed in the remote work era, and the top 10 include two North Carolina cities. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 The Browns boast a beefy offensive line in front of two powerful running backs with a penchant for pulling guards and heavy personnel, shades of which will remain even after Deshaun Watson returns from suspension. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2022 The elevated events will also feature a collection of the world's best players, which means the 2023 WM Phoenix Open will likely boast the strongest field in its history. Todd Kelly, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2022 Zellweger and Anstead both boast successful careers in entertainment. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 17 July 2022 Some national organizations boast membership in the thousands, but other state-level groups, like Black Women for Wellness, exist, as do smaller local community groups. Natachi Onwuamaegbu, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 Choose from the trail running, biking, or hiking versions, all of which boast a gorgeous pink color scheme in support of breast cancer awareness, with accompanying custom artwork. Julie Dugdale, Outside Online, 12 June 2022 In fact, employees who leave and come back boast a 44% higher retention rate and a 50% reduction in hiring time. Jennifer Rozon, Forbes, 7 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb (1)

Middle English boost

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near boast

Cite this Entry

“Boast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boast. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

boast 1 of 2

noun

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

boast

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verb

1
: to praise one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments
2
: to have and display proudly
our band boasted new uniforms
boaster noun

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