\ 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


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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bragger \ ˈbra-​gər How to pronounce bragger (audio) \ noun
braggy \ ˈbra-​gē How to pronounce braggy (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Besides being the ultimate geotag brag, guests of the Gudliya Suite will be lavished with exclusive perks. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You Can Now Book an Airbnb Stay in Jaipur's Royal Palace," 22 Nov. 2019 This individual is no different from the person in a bar who overhears someone brag about a bank heist and calls the police tipline. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: If you can’t impeach …; Erosion in our society; No need to know whistle-blower; Fans are victims of greed; more responses (11/15/19)," 15 Nov. 2019 And that’s not a brag, but rather a testament as to our respect and appreciation to one of God’s magnificent creatures. Jim Gronaw,, "Jim Gronaw: Variety and memories at Deep Creek Lake," 6 Oct. 2019 Pick: Steelers by 11 Eagles at Bills (-1½) ESPN analyst Rex Ryan ripped Eagles coach Doug Pederson over his failed guarantee, saying his father Buddy would never have lost to the Cowboys after such a brag. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 8," 24 Oct. 2019 Hind Bouqartacha for Getty Images Think of your resume as a brag sheet and a pitch for why someone should hire you. Carly Zakin And Danielle Weisberg, Marie Claire, "Tips for Writing a Resume That Will Get You the Job," 11 June 2019 Fans online brag about Marvel movies crossing the $1 billion threshold, riling each other up to continue spending money at the box office to support the company, cast, and directors. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Avengers: Endgame fans coming to terms with Avatar remaining the top-grossing movie," 2 July 2019 In tribute to his dad, John McCutchen still wears some of his father’s service beads on his brag vest, said Jess McCutchen, John’s 35-year-old son. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 25 years and 2,100 Boy Scouts, popular North County scoutmaster steps down," 2 July 2019 All of our state’s’ HBCUs brag of the achievements of numerous alumni in many fields. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Hidden (behind the) figures, grad rates don’t reveal full equation for HBCUs," 14 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sleepless nights were a badge of honor and something to brag about over brunch with friends. Toni Carey, SELF, "How I Learned to Stop Glorifying the Hustle and Start Living Intentionally," 22 Oct. 2019 Officials said a witness later told police that the young man was bragging about playing a game of Russian Roulette and pulled the trigger on purpose. The Reporter, The Mercury News, "North Bay teen seriously wounded while playing ‘shooting game’," 5 Sep. 2019 Sitting in the media room after his team lost 3-2 to Vanderbilt on Friday in the College World Series Semifinal, McDonnell wanted to brag about his team for a moment. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "'We'll be back': Louisville came up short in College World Series but expects return," 22 June 2019 That release distracted attention from an explosive audio tape in which Mr. Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitals. New York Times, "Trump Predicted More Leaks Amid WikiLeaks Releases in 2016, Ex-Aide Testifies," 12 Nov. 2019 Police said Hendron on the night of the killing had been bragging about buying his first gun. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Emotional beginning to trial of Wethersfield teen charged with 2017 murder of 16-year-old Vincent Basile," 29 Oct. 2019 Kelly Ripa has abs-olutely no problem bragging about Mark Consuelos‘ appearance! Joelle Goldstein,, "Kelly Ripa Shares 'Thirst Trappy' Photo of Husband Mark Consuelos Shirtless in Bed," 23 Oct. 2019 Trump and his defenders have their own talking points firmly in place: — Joe Biden bragged about shutting down an investigation into the owner of the natural-gas company. Gilbert Garcia,, "Why the impeachment of Trump has become unavoidable," 28 Sep. 2019 Could Bruce Allen, hired a decade ago as owner Dan Snyder's right-hand man, be on his way out after little on-field success worth bragging about? Howard Fendrich,, "Do 0-3 start, national TV loss prompt changes for Redskins?," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Brag.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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 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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