\ 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

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Verb (1)

boaster noun

Synonyms for boast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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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 That's a big boast and subsequent bet as the social media platform stock surged after posting a strong second-quarter beating analyst expectations. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 But the boast reflected the insurgent group's increasing self-confidence as government troops continue to abandon district centers. Adam Nossiter, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 But the boast reflected the insurgent group’s increasing self-confidence as government troops continue to abandon district centers. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 9 July 2021 So the song comes across, not as one person’s boast, but as the anthem of a nation of hopeful young women. David Kirby, WSJ, 25 June 2021 The pyramid’s four faces feature two distinct designs, both of which boast inlaid garnets probably imported from India or Sri Lanka. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 Or, combine one of Wythe’s shirts—which boast pointed yokes and pearl-snap buttons—with black jeans and velvet mules. Daniel Penny, WSJ, 23 June 2021 Landeskog said the Avalanche used a pre-series boast from St. Louis captain Ryan O'Reilly as motivation. Steve Overbey, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Now open, the development’s commercial spaces boast shops, restaurants and an art gallery, with more storefronts and eateries on the way. al, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The former two sites boast user bases of nearly 3 billion and 2 billion, respectively, while the latter is visited by roughly 140 million unique users per month. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 According to attractive government doctor Maliheh (Hoda Zeinolabedin), who is collecting blood samples in the region, the Zalavians also boast peculiarly high levels of adrenaline. Alissa Simon, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Today, her blog and social media channels collectively boast over a million followers. Virgie Tovar, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Some multiplayer servers boast their own lore and dramatic story arcs that unfold on YouTube to enormous audiences. Simon Hill, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Many Milwaukee-area events boast German food, games, live music and, of course, plenty of beer. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 But, the computer can be upgraded to boast an 8-core Intel Core i9 chip, with up to 16GB of RAM, up to 8TB of storage, and up to an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M graphics card. Chris Hachey, BGR, 5 Sep. 2021 This year, Amazon's Labor Day deals boast huge markdowns on furniture for just about every room in the house, with prices up to 75 percent off. Amy Schulman,, 3 Sep. 2021 Many spaces boast creative names, like Room with a Mew, Cat Nap Cabin and Forget Me Nots. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2021

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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

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“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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

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