\ ˈbrag How to pronounce brag (audio) \

Definition of brag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a pompous or boastful statement
2 : arrogant talk or manner : cockiness
3 : braggart


bragged; bragging

Definition of brag (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to talk boastfully always bragging about his success

transitive verb

: to assert boastfully bragged that she was the faster runner on her team


bragger; braggest

Definition of brag (Entry 3 of 3)

Other Words from brag


bragger \ ˈbra-​gər How to pronounce brag (audio) \ noun
braggy \ ˈbra-​gē How to pronounce brag (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for brag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 brag in a Sentence

Noun for all his brag about diving, he actually does very little he's an irritating brag whose sense of selfhood is defined by what he owns Verb After winning the race, she couldn't stop bragging. “I don't mean to brag,” he said, “but I'm an excellent cook.” He bragged that his daughter was the best student in her class. “I'm the fastest runner on the team,” she bragged. Adjective he did a really brag job on restoring that classic car See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overnight a copy of your résumé with something clever, funny or interesting—photoshop yourself into a team photo, send your brag book, create a QR code with an introduction video or solve a problem, for example—make an effort. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Bob McKillop, legendary coach of the giant-killing Davidson basketball team, slid a humble brag into his post-game words after his team’s 79-78 upset of No.10 Alabama. Joseph Goodman |, al, 22 Dec. 2021 For every diamond and every death, for every feeling of loss and insecure emotion, Mill comes out with hope and real brio on his side – a confidence that goes way beyond any mere humble-brag or boast. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 But a skincare fridge has a purpose beyond the social media brag. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 Try creating that sense of approval, support, and safety for yourself with a brag file. Forbes, 21 June 2021 Always be succinct, use your brag-bag and stories and respect the other person’s time. Gerry Valentine, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Luckily, there are some ways to still snag unique pieces at brag-worthy prices without falling into an ethical black hole. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 26 Feb. 2021 Always on time, Busta Rhymes and yours truly share our favorite jams to get your brag on to. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 4 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Winning CVs are ones that demonstrate achievements and the value of the candidate as an employee, so don’t be afraid to brag about your professional success. Andrew Fennell, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Some members brag about being part of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 Not that the five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is one to brag. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 That’s the biggest Hollywood opening in China this year, but not much to brag about. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2022 Great educators don't like to brag about their accomplishments. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 24 Feb. 2022 Manhattan's controversial district attorney has a lot of endorsements to brag about. Fox News, 6 Jan. 2022 Jo Patton is too reserved ever to brag on herself, but Mike is happy to do so. Michelle Matthews |, al, 17 Mar. 2022 All of those forms of AI control are equally applicable to the sentient AI, including the humble brag super-intelligent AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This will also give you a brag bank to pull from when the interviewer asks you to articulate your strengths. Dominique Law, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The Wild Insulated Water Bottle Allow us to humble-brag about The Wild water bottle with the cool logo of the L.A. Times newsletter about the outdoors in Southern California. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Extremely familiar forays into bass-heavy brag rap, whooshing R&B, and Afrobeats break up the slog. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2021 Lays down brag-worthy numbers, draws every eye, amazing value. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of brag


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brag


Middle English, "ostentation, presumption," perhaps noun derivative of earlier brag, "ostentatious, spirited," of obscure origin


Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag brag entry 1


probably adjectival derivative of brag entry 1 or brag entry 2

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\ ˈbrag How to pronounce brag (audio) \
bragged; bragging

Kids Definition of brag

: to speak in a way that shows too much pride : boast She bragged about all the awards she'd won.

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bragger \ ˈbra-​gər \ noun

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