boast·​ful | \ ˈbōst-fəl How to pronounce boastful (audio) \

Definition of boastful

: 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

Other Words from boastful

boastfully \ ˈbōst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce boastful (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of boastful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Boastful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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