\ 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 There are many companies and outfits that boast not only high tech (and high dollar) kayaks and accessories, but the trend for customization is limitless. Jim Gronaw,, "Jim Gronaw: Kayaks can be a game-changer | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 3 Apr. 2021 This is a big deal for New York City residents, who might (in a decade or so) boast of their clean, cheap zero-carbon power. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: Biden’s New Playbook for Greening the Financial System," 30 Mar. 2021 The brand's 3-ply face masks are made from 100-percent cotton and boast moisture-wicking Cool Comfort technology. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "8 best exercise face masks of 2021, according to health experts," 24 Mar. 2021 For your cultural fix, the towns of Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis boast wonderfully artsy, walkable downtown areas amongst the ancient live oaks. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, "21 Babymoon Ideas for Every Type of Traveler," 6 Mar. 2021 Storage varies greatly among tablets and will influence price; smaller options will hold a mere 16GB, while some boast impressive 128GB and even 256GB of storage. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best tablet for streaming," 4 Mar. 2021 Year after year, state lawmakers listened to the Public Utility Commission boast that the system is fabulous, best in the country, unregulated free market, blah, blah, blah. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "No surprise Texas’ electricity system is a national laughingstock. Only customers cared, until now," 19 Feb. 2021 Seven have wins, four have saves and 12 boast an ERA of 3.00 or lower. oregonlive, "Oregon State baseball has won 7 in a row and surged into Top 25: Here’s what’s behind the Beavers’ hot start," 4 Mar. 2021 With every boast of speeding up the process, public confidence in the vaccine dipped. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "It Will Save Your Life and End This Damn Pandemic," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, the resulting designs boast Moralıoğlu’s distinctive point of view. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Erdem and Universal Standard Join Forces for a Game-changing Denim Collaboration," 31 Mar. 2021 Zoya was one of the first brands to boast a 3-free formula, and now all of the polishes are 10-free. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 10 Best Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for Healthy At-Home Manicures," 24 Mar. 2021 Both boast Microsoft’s earcup dials, which adjust various volume levels. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Headset feels like affordable Surface Headphones," 16 Feb. 2021 The Seahawks boast the league’s top passing and scoring offense — and rank last in passing defense. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams-Seahawks matchup has different look but same effect in NFC West," 14 Nov. 2020 While both boast intricate diamond detailing, the former, with its white leather band, ornate diamond pattern throughout, and mother of pearl face is pure elegance, while the latter is more understated. The Editors, Town & Country, "The Town and Country Reader's Choice Jewelry and Watch Awards 2020," 19 Oct. 2020 The Escalade, at 5.9 seconds to 60, is no quicker than a 6.2-liter Yukon, and the new Suburban and Yukon both boast luxury-car-grade 65-decibel solitude at 70 mph, same as the Slade. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV Goes Big on High-Tech Luxury," 19 Oct. 2020 Both of the trees stolen from the Pacific Bonsai Museum boast a rich history. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Stolen Bonsai Trees ‘Mysteriously’ Returned to Washington State Museum," 12 Feb. 2020 Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, compiled the book, which will boast photos and biographical commentary alongside quotes from Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black, El-P, Andrew W.K. Thurston Moore, and Kimya Dawson. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Read Steve Albini’s Tribute to Lil Bub in New Book, ‘Lil Bub: The Earth Years’," 23 Mar. 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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The first known use of boast was in the 14th century

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“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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