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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Other Words from boast

Noun

boastful \ ˈbōst-​fəl How to pronounce boastful (audio) \ adjective
boastfully \ ˈbōst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce boastfully (audio) \ adverb
boastfulness noun

Verb (1)

boaster noun

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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 Back in April, just one month after Trump issued his idle boast, the manufacturing index maintained by the Institute for Supply Management, a nonprofit trade group, started to drop. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Will Trump Back Down as His Trade War with China Bites the U.S. Economy?," 4 Sep. 2019 Those who brag of wanting to violently attack the president should worry about where their boasts will finally lead if any of the thousands of James Hodgkinsons in America take such threats seriously and act upon them. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Menacing invective against Trump creates scary climate," 1 Aug. 2019 The Thursday and Friday shows are both at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday boast two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Sunday matinee show will include American Sign Language interpretation. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "September Song presents ‘The Little Mermaid’ for anniversary year production," 29 Aug. 2019 The senators gave him plaudits on vaping but were silent during his boasts about his political victories. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "White House readies gun plan, but Trump still conflicted," 14 Sep. 2019 Those who brag of wanting to violently attack the president should worry about where their boasts will finally lead if any of the thousands of James Hodgkinsons in America take such threats seriously and act on them. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Dangerous Invective against Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 An eye toward his 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump is turning to a familiar playbook of exaggerated boasts about economic performance and overdrawn complaints about a race tilted against him. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Fact Checking Trump's Claims on the Economy and 2020 Election," 17 June 2019 The release notes for 6.3.0 boast of several performance improvements related to loading and saving documents in Writer and Calc. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "A look at LibreOffice’s new 6.3.0 “fresh” release," 13 Aug. 2019 The Emerson poll, like most others, doesn't back up that boast. Dallas News, "New poll: Biden leads O'Rourke in Texas presidential primary, race against Sen. John Cornyn wide open," 6 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage line once popular with millennials, appeared to be jumping on the hard seltzer trend this summer with a seltzer boasting a much higher alcohol-by-volume amount than its main competitors. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "There is a nationwide shortage of White Claw hard seltzer," 7 Sep. 2019 The Rebels will boast returners Bennett Oakes, Hudson Billick, Nolan Costin and Rudy Ruiz, all of whom are juniors. Glendale News-Press, "Cross-Country Preview: Abundance of talent for area runners, teams," 6 Sep. 2019 In the middle of their defense, the Seahawks boast the best all-around middle linebacker in football. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Three keys to Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks: Here's how the Bengals win Sunday," 5 Sep. 2019 The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have produced a number of top-flight young talents this year (Dustin May and Will Smith among them) and boast one of the best minor-league systems in baseball, were nonetheless giddy about Lux's arrival. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha's Gavin Lux was given rock-star treatment during his debut with Los Angeles Dodgers," 3 Sep. 2019 Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, gave multiple interviews over the weekend boasting of low unemployment rates, growing wages, and consumer confidence. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Dimissioni," 21 Aug. 2019 Already, the mighty United States economy — in its 10th year of an expansion, boasting the lowest unemployment rate in a half-century — is showing signs of wear and tear. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "A Year of Stock Market Fury, Signifying Nearly Nothing," 17 Aug. 2019 League of Legends is one of the world’s most popular games, boasting over 100 million active players, and its esports competitions pull in a sizable viewership. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rick Fox Clashes With Esports Venture Partners Over Tournament Slot Sale," 15 Aug. 2019 Rock-star suite: George Henry Suite is a large corner suite boasting panoramic views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline through large, classic windows. Includes living space with pullout couch, bathroom with both a bathtub and a shower and wet bar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Looking for a unique getaway? Go boutique at one of these new and not-so-far-away hotels," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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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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