brag

noun
\ˈbrag \

Definition of brag 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a pompous or boastful statement

2 : arrogant talk or manner : cockiness

3 : braggart

brag

verb
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

brag

adjective
bragger; braggest

Definition of brag (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from brag

Verb

bragger \ˈbra-gər \ noun
braggy \ˈbra-gē \ adjective

Synonyms for brag

Synonyms: Noun

bluster, bombast, braggadocio, gas, grandiloquence, hot air, rant

Synonyms: Verb

blow, boast, crow, swagger, vaunt

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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Welcome to the club And the Oscar for best humble brag goes to … the new class of academy members. Christina Schoellkopf, latimes.com, "Hashtag Highlights: DiCaprio's tease, Drake's surprise," 29 June 2018 Now, poachers covet the meat, which is illegally and surreptitiously chopped, fried, and plated at private restaurants, primarily for tourists seeking a brag-worthy culinary exploit. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 And who doesn't want an opportunity to brow-brag, right? Sable Yong, Allure, "I Tried Maybelline New York's Tattoo Studio Brow Pen and It's Like Training Wheels for Microblading," 20 June 2018 While ostensibly no book reviewers have taken to social media to galley-brag, Marlon is apparently very excited to read the book. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Mother and Daughter Going on Tour for Children’s Book," 1 Mar. 2018 Onfroy has a history of violence, memorialized both in court records and his own brags. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Unsettling Familiarity of XXXTentacion," 26 Mar. 2018 And, the Congressional Black Caucus definitely wasn't here for his not-so-humble brag about unemployment. Sydney Scott, Essence.com, "Twitter Was Not Happy With Donald Trump's First State Of The Union Address," 30 Jan. 2018 In other words, expect more snapshots and humble brags from the folks in your inner social circle, and less news articles and other content from outside organizations. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "What you need to know about Facebook’s new News Feed," 23 Jan. 2018 But the herbs and melatonin made me logy and depressed, and still wide awake at 4 a.m. My righteous fury — coupled with the volunteer brags — got its comeuppance: A few neighbors asked me to run for the Kingston City Council. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "Diary of a Do-Gooder," 19 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On New Year’s Day, Kim bragged in a speech about his growing nuclear arsenal. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "South Korea's president was matchmaker for the nuclear summit — but could take the blame if it fails," 7 June 2018 Yarmuth was bragging about his F grade from the National Rifle Association. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Carl Nett makes April Fools joke about quitting after apologizing for threatening Yarmuth," 1 Apr. 2018 To bounce ideas off of, to vent to, to brag to, to laugh with and more. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "MOM FRIENDS, PART 3: Is it really that important to have other parent friends?," 4 July 2018 Tucker doesn't just buy sneakers to keep them on a shelf in his closet and brag about them to his friends. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' P.J. Tucker estimates he spent $200,000 on sneakers last season," 20 June 2018 Why do so many people brag about how busy the arena is while arguing that a tenant would be a bad thing? Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Herrera's gone, what's next for Royals and worrisome about Chiefs," 19 June 2018 During trial deliberations, jurors sent a note to the judge asking whether a life sentence would allow Rhines to mix with the general inmate population, brag about his crime to young inmates, or have a cellmate. Pete Williams /, NBC News, "Supreme Court won't hear case of death-row inmate who claimed jurors were homophobic," 18 June 2018 Dwyer would not elaborate on what was found, but confirmed Ream flunked a polygraph test and bragged to other inmates in prison about his crimes. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Victims' families ask killer to cooperate in search for bodies," 9 May 2018 While some traffickers brag about using top-of-the-line mixers — sometimes the same machinery used by pharmaceutical companies — others use rudimentary equipment, authorities say. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of brag

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brag

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag brag entry 1

Adjective

probably adjectival derivative of brag entry 1 or brag entry 2

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brag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brag

: to talk about yourself, your achievements, your family, etc., in a way that shows too much pride

brag

verb
\ˈbrag \
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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