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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

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. Verb (1) he boasted about his latest killing in real estate so I thought he should be the one to pay for dinner the hotel boasts nearly 50 rooms
Recent Examples on the Web
But this isn't just your standard hard-core hip-hop, defined by its gritty imagery and street-tough boasts. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2024 James: Biden is coming across as Trumpy in some of his cleanup tour: The defiance, the denial of reality and polls, the boasts about crowd size, the efforts to portray criticisms of him as attacks on his supporters. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 9 July 2024
Built in the 1890s, the stately private social club in midtown Manhattan boasts an elegant dining room with chandeliers, ornate silverware, and for one day, a 65-year-old hip-hop icon wearing sparkly pants, an Olympic women’s water-polo team T-shirt and a Team USA clock dangling from his neck. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2024 Less than five miles southeast of Downtown, the residential area boasts more than 300 stores, 75 eateries, and even 50 spas and salons. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for boast 

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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

Dictionary Entries Near boast

Cite this Entry

“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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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