boast·​ful ˈbōst-fəl How to pronounce boastful (audio)
: given to or marked by boasting : expressing excessive self-pride
a vain, boastful man
A few of the … parents are downright boastful about their sons.Jane Gross
… journalists who are only too willing to take at face value the boastful pronouncements of the company's publicity department.Jeffrey Young
At the highest levels, the administration's response to the crisis has been sluggish, characterized by boastful rhetoric but stagnant funding.The Washington Post
boastfully adverb
If her new acquaintance wants to talk about plants, she might mention a few of her own, never boastfully, but with a pleasant tone of surprise, as if her parlor palm and the other person's had coincidentally attended the same high school. David Sedaris
Of the confidence reposed in him by Hudig—the master—he was boastfully and obtrusively proud. Joseph Conrad
boastfulness noun
Villars' military and diplomatic career under two kings of France was enormously successful, but his boastfulness and cupidity were notorious. David Wykes

Examples of boastful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Gelfond sits in his New York office, near a poster of J. Robert Oppenheimer huddling with Albert Einstein, he isn’t boastful about his bold wager. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 As a result, women often downplay their accomplishments for fear of being seen as too ambitious or boastful. European School Of Management and Technology - Berlin, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 That’s a mighty boastful statement considering the Titans’ history. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2023 Instead of making boastful resolutions and unsuccessfully trying to keep them, there is a different approach. Maureen MacKey, Fox News, 30 Dec. 2023 Gerry Turner was left in tears after one woman’s surprise departure, and there was no love lost between Kathy and Theresa, who fought over Theresa’s boastful attitude after getting the first one-on-one date of the season. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 This week, Dua Lipa returns with an addictive new dance track, Jack Harlow is feeling the love, and Kodak Black gets boastful. Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 During the women’s conversation with Trista, Theresa was first to spill the details of her first one-on-one date with Gerry Turner, which annoyed Kathy after their fallout over her boastful attitude on last week’s episode. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Ever! centers on Charlotte (Graham) dealing with jealousy over her college friend Jackie (Norwood) sending boastful holiday newsletters every year. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Boastful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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