\ 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


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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from boast

Verb (1)

boaster noun

Synonyms for boast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for boast

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Anteaters, who took three of four from Cal Poly last week, have won seven of their last nine games and boast and impressive 11-1 record at home this season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers vs. UC Irvine Anteaters: How to watch, live updates from opener of 3-game baseball series," 23 Apr. 2021 There are hybrids available, some of which boast over 50 MPG, a great thing. Josh Max, Forbes, "2021 Hyundai Elantra Vs. Sonata: Which Is The Better Affordable Sedan?," 19 Apr. 2021 Music’s queen loves to wear blazer dresses and fitted suits, but the pieces she and her stylist, Zerina Akers, select boast unique embellishments that set them apart. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Brings Back the Nameplate Necklace," 16 Apr. 2021 The six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms boast Moroccan style, and more modern upgrades include dual-pane windows and a Nest security system. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Fashion designer Sue Wong lists her latest restoration in Los Feliz," 21 Apr. 2021 There are many companies and outfits that boast not only high tech (and high dollar) kayaks and accessories, but the trend for customization is limitless. Jim Gronaw,, "Jim Gronaw: Kayaks can be a game-changer | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 3 Apr. 2021 This is a big deal for New York City residents, who might (in a decade or so) boast of their clean, cheap zero-carbon power. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: Biden’s New Playbook for Greening the Financial System," 30 Mar. 2021 The brand's 3-ply face masks are made from 100-percent cotton and boast moisture-wicking Cool Comfort technology. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "8 best exercise face masks of 2021, according to health experts," 24 Mar. 2021 For your cultural fix, the towns of Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis boast wonderfully artsy, walkable downtown areas amongst the ancient live oaks. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, "21 Babymoon Ideas for Every Type of Traveler," 6 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Timberwolves boast one of the league’s bright young stars in guard D’Angelo Russell, but the franchise is currently the doormat of the Western Conference with a 13-40 record. Christian Red, Forbes, "Former Major League Player Alex Rodriguez Reportedly Finalizing Deal To Buy Minnesota Timberwolves," 11 Apr. 2021 Yes, the Wildcats boast one of the best players in the country in first-team All-American Rhyne Howard, but Elzy knew Howard would not be able to carry the team alone against the quality of competition ahead. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky answers call for for balanced scoring in NCAA Tournament win over Idaho State," 21 Mar. 2021 The upcoming feature film may boast the Oscar-winning Hudson, but Erivo is no slouch, either. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "A new miniseries gives Aretha Franklin the R-E-S-P-E-C-T she deserves," 19 Mar. 2021 But the Dodgers boast perhaps the deepest starting pitching depth in baseball, so their roles are unclear. Los Angeles Times, "How the 2019 Julio Urías experiment could factor into Dodgers’ pitching strategy," 15 Mar. 2021 Bonnell coils also boast an hourglass shape, but these common coils can be lacking in strength. Anthony Marcusa,, "What is a hybrid mattress?," 11 Mar. 2021 Generously sized rooms boast at least 450 square feet, but are set back from the beach, allowing the attractive grounds to take center stage. Stratton Lawrence, Travel + Leisure, "Hilton Head Island Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 Bongino later had something to boast about when an FBI agent pleaded guilty to falsifying records used for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign official. Washington Post, "Dan Bongino isn’t just taking over where Rush Limbaugh left off — he’s building a conservative media universe," 20 Apr. 2021 The owners of such works can boast that the NFT is in their digital wallet on the blockchain. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is it art? NFTs and the surge of digital ownership.," 9 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boast.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of boast


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boast

Time Traveler for boast

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for boast

Last Updated

6 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for boast



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


\ 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.



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

More from Merriam-Webster on boast

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for boast

Nglish: Translation of boast for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of boast for Arabic Speakers

Comments on boast

What made you want to look up boast? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!