\ 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

Other Words from boast

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Either way, both boast absurdly stacked casts, so pretty much every working actor alive now has a film opening that day. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 27 Apr. 2022 These cabins managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in the Ajloun Forest Reserve boast incredible views of Jordan’s northern hills. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 His boast becomes a rumor—and a sticky rumor can become reality. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Jon Husted boast political connections that go back decades. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2022 Traditional chiming watches typically boast metal gongs and hammers. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 And there’s wide agreement that this is no empty boast. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 None of the cities have a plush revenue source like a lodging tax revenue that Orange Beach and Gulf Shores boast. al, 20 Mar. 2022 Elite universities such as Munich Technical University boast increasing numbers of applications from top international students with over a third of the student population now coming from abroad. Matthias Kromayer, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And buyers get way more bang for their buck in Sacramento, where properties with lower price tags tend to boast more acreage and offer more privacy. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 4 May 2022 Backers of such operations also like to boast that the industry directly and indirectly supports 208,000 jobs. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 Opened in 2004, the stately property is the only one in town to boast unfettered views of the Tidal Basin. Travel + Leisure, 3 Mar. 2022 Snider took to Twitter to boast his support, as his grandfather was Ukrainian. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2022 Picking seven essential episodes of The Shield, one of the greatest series of the 21st century, which also happens to boast a pilot and finale that are considered among the best in TV history. Derek Lawrence,, 25 Feb. 2022 Unable to forgo an opportunity to boast of his strategic genius, Mickelson affirmed with callous indifference the approach shared by his fellow travelers in the locker room, most of whom have not yet been flushed from the shadows. Eamon Lynch, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 One of the first to boast of his decadence was Charles Baudelaire, who with his 1857 Les fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil) proudly espoused the model of the Roman decadence for entering into life with abandon. James Harbeck, The Week, 14 Feb. 2022 Jane Campion has entered the Oscars history books following the 2022 nominations, as the New Zealand helmer is now the first woman filmmaker to boast two career nominations in the best director category. Zack Sharf, Variety, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for boast


\ 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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