\ˈbrag \

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)

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Other Words from brag


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for brag

Synonyms: Noun

bluster, bombast, braggadocio, bull [slang], cockalorum, fanfaronade, gas, gasconade, grandiloquence, hot air, magniloquence, rant, rodomontade (also rhodomontade)

Synonyms: Verb

blow, boast, bull [slang], crow, gasconade, swagger, vapor, vaunt

Synonyms: Adjective

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, top-of-the-line, top-shelf, topflight, topping [chiefly British], unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful

Antonyms: Adjective

atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

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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


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


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.


he did a really brag job on restoring that classic car
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This morning, Nintendo sent out one of its periodic brag-heavy business press releases, this time focusing on a strong start to the US holiday shopping season. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Putting Nintendo Switch’s 8.2 million US Switch sales in context," 28 Nov. 2018 Maybe tweet a brag about the savings on your energy bills after a month of shorter showers and lukewarm laundry. The Seattle Times, "Little changes can make a big difference in climate change," 24 Sep. 2018 The idyllic set up of their luxury camping spot gave fans a sneak peek into their private vacation, along with the perfect humble brag hashtag of #Magical. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas Took Priyanka Chopra on His Favorite Getaway for a "Magical" Trip to the Mountains," 3 Sep. 2018 Welcome to the club And the Oscar for best humble brag goes to … the new class of academy members. Christina Schoellkopf,, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For her part, Nancy doesn't hesitate to brag about her husband's talent. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Steve and Nancy Carell Have Made Their Marriage Thrive for More Than Two Decades," 13 Oct. 2018 The ballpark, once again, is something to brag about. Tom Krasovic,, "Spiffy, subsidized ballpark is outperforming another bad Padres club," 30 Apr. 2018 Volt owners would often brag about not having to fill up their gas tanks in months or even years. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is laying off thousands of workers, closing three plants, and ending production of the Chevy Volt," 26 Nov. 2018 Part nostalgic tribute, part fashion brag, stylish throwbacks like Scott’s prove that the distinctive look is here to stay. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Travis Scott Brings Back a Classic (And Kanye-Approved) Piece of Philo-Era Celine," 12 Nov. 2018 River Ship Line #6: Avalon Waterways Traveling in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and the Galápagos, this Swiss company's 21 vessels brag the largest suites of any river cruise line. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 For example, one judge bragged at a 2010 conference about using PACER funds to install flatscreen monitors and state-of-the-art sound systems in court rooms. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "New bill would finally tear down federal judiciary’s ridiculous paywall," 17 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Chris brags to the bros about his horrible pickup line. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: Finally, It's John's Time to Shine," 14 Aug. 2018 Not to brag, but my life has been greatly affected by twins. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "I Love Pics of These Russian Soccer Twins Doing Stuff Together," 20 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of brag

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


\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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